EMR Stimulus Q&A: Chiropractor’s and Meaningful Use e-Prescribing Requirement

Pauline Murphy asked the following EMR stimulus question:
If a chiropractor does not write perscriptions, does he still have the same e-prescribing requirements for “meaningful use”? How does that work, does anyone know?

Amanda Doss from Computer Link offered this answer:
No, the chiropractor would not have the same e-prescribing requirements for Meaningful Use. Page 61 of Meaningful Use discusses the “inapplicability” of measures to various provider types.

Basically, your chiropractor will have a denominator of “zero” for that measure. Also, on page 99 of Meaningful Use, you find (talking about e-prescribing) “this objective and associated measure do not apply to any Eligible Provider who writes fewer than one hundred prescriptions during the EHR reporting period.”

Good question and a great answer. I’m going to have to dive into page 61 some more and see how else it might apply.

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  • Great answer and question! As HHS-certification is around the corner, it is important to understand all the issues now to make an informed EHR decision.

  • My chiropractor uses an app for diagnosis on her ipad. It is developed by a repute company and is also used and endorsed by the National Chiropractor Association.

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