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CMS makes change to Objective 9 for 2016

Meaningful Use: Objective 9 – Secure Electronic Messaging

Important Changes!

CMS has made changes to Objective 9 for 2016!

Objective: Use secure electronic messaging to communicate with patients on relevant health information.

Measure: For an EHR reporting period in 2016, for at least 1 patient seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period, a secure message was sent using the electronic messaging function of CEHRT to the patient (or the patient-authorized representative), or in response to a secure message sent by the patient (or the patient-authorized representative) during the EHR reporting period.

Exclusion: Any EP who has no office visits during the EHR reporting period; or any EP who conducts 50 percent or more of his or her patient encounters in a county that does not have 50 percent or more of its housing units with 4Mbps broadband availability according to the latest information available from the FCC on the first day of the EHR reporting period.


To view the 2016 CMS EHR Incentive Program Tipsheet visit:

To view the 2016 CMS Specifications for all Objectives & Measures visit:

For more information visit: CMS EHR Incentive Program Website