Clinical Lab Test Results
Incorporate clinical lab test results into EHR as structured data.
More than 40 percent of all clinical lab test results ordered by the eligible professional during the EHR reporting period whose results are either in a positive/negative or numerical format are incorporated in certified EHR technology as structured data.
Incomplete or misplaced test results make efficient, safe, and effective clinical decision-making difficult. Having lab and test results in the patient’s record allows for ease of access and reference when and where it is needed. The availability of structured lab results within the EHR contributes to office efficiencies while also assisting providers in the ability to make real time decisions about the patient’s care.
The following resource is available to help you meet the Clinical Lab Test Results meaningful use menu measure:
- EHR Meaningful Use Specification Sheet for Eligible Professionals - Clinical Lab Test Results [PDF - 121k]
National Learning Consortium Resources
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Delivering Lab Results (HIE scenario, workflow, and specifications)
[DOCX - 1.7 MB]
A series of health information exchange (HIE) scenarios intended to provide a straightforward view into the standards, services and policies behind HIE solutions related to this Meaningful Use Measure.
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Related CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions
- #3263 - What lab tests should be included in the denominator of the measure for the "incorporate clinical lab-test results" objective?
- #2855 - One of the menu set meaningful use objectives requires EPs, eligible hospitals and CAHs to incorporate clinical lab-test results into EHR as structured data. Must there be an explicit linking between structured lab results received into the EHR and the order placed by the physician for the lab test in order to count a structured lab result in the numerator for the measure of this objective?
- #2813 - What do the numerators and denominators mean in measures that are required to demonstrate meaningful use?
- #2765 - For EPs who see patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and where certified EHR technology is available at each location, should these EPs base their denominators for meaningful use objectives on the number of unique patients in only the outpatient setting or on the total number of unique patients from both settings?
- #2883 - If an EP is unable to meet the measure of a meaningful use objective because it is outside of the scope of his or her practice, will the EP be excluded from meeting the measure of that objective?
- #3065 - Should patient encounters in an ambulatory surgical center be included in the denominator for calculating that at least 50 percent or more of an EP's patient encounters during the reporting period occurred at practices/locations equipped with certified EHR technology?
- #3077 - If an EP sees a patient in a setting that does not have certified EHR technology but enters all of the patient’s information into certified EHR technology at another practice location, can the patient be counted in the numerators and denominators of meaningful use measures?
- #2903 - How should EPs select menu objectives?
For additional questions around meaningful use, visit the CMS EHR Incentive Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).