Meeting Vital Signs Requirements
To meet the vital signs requirements, you will need to record more than 50 percent for Stage 1 (80 percent for Stage 2) of all unique patients’ blood pressures (for patients age 3 and over only) and height and weight (for all ages) as structured data using one numerator and denominator.
You need to record height and weight, and blood pressure of your patient, as applicable. The certified EHR technology will calculate BMI and the growth chart based on age.
You are also not required to update height, weight, and blood pressure for every visit by the patient. You can make the decision based on the patient’s individual circumstances.
New Exclusions in 2014 for Eligible Professionals
In both Stage 1 and Stage 2, you can be excluded from reporting this objective if you don’t meet certain requirements.
What are the Requirements and When are the Exclusions Applicable to You?
If you meet exclusion (3) or exclusion (4), you must both attest to the exclusion and report the numerator and denominator for the remaining elements of the measure.
For more information on the Record and Chart Vital Signs measure, review the specification sheets for Stage 1 and Stage 2. For information about other meaningful use measures, visit the CMS Meaningful Use webpage.