Electronic Prescribing

Generate and transmit permissible prescriptions electronically (eRx).

Measure:
More than 10 percent of hospital discharge medication orders for permissible prescriptions (for new and changed prescriptions) are queried for a drug formulary and transmitted electronically using CEHRT.

 

Exclusions:
Any eligible hospital or CAH that does not have an internal pharmacy that can accept electronic prescriptions and is not located within 10 miles of any pharmacy that accepts electronic prescriptions at the start of their EHR reporting period.

Alternate Eligible Hospital/CAH Exclusion: 

The eligible hospital or CAH may claim an exclusion for the eRx objective and measure if for an EHR reporting period in 2015 if they were either scheduled to demonstrate Stage 1, which does not have an equivalent measure, or if they are scheduled to demonstrate Stage 2 but did not intend to select the Stage 2 eRx objective for an EHR reporting period in 2015; and, the eligible hospital or CAH may claim an exclusion for the eRx objective and measure for an EHR reporting period in 2016 if they were either scheduled to demonstrate Stage 1 in 2016 or if they are scheduled to demonstrate Stage 2 but did not intend to select the Stage 2 eRx objective for an EHR reporting period in 2016.

 

Measure Numerator

The number of prescriptions in the denominator generated, queried for a drug formulary, and transmitted electronically.

Threshold:
The resulting percentage must be more than 10 percent in order for an eligible hospital or CAH to meet this measure.

 

Measure Denominator

Number of new or changed permissible prescriptions written for drugs requiring a prescription in order to be dispensed for patients discharged during the EHR reporting period.