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EHR: Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Rules

This information is old and has been replaced by the Modifed Stage 2 requirements per the Final Rule, 10/7/2015. For new requirements, see EHR Objective 2 Clinical Decision Support.

EHR Stage 1: Core Measure 10
EHR Stage 2: Core Measure 6
(measure 1)


CDS rules trigger interventions that provide evidence-based clinical guidance when a user is making a clinical decision. 

Stage 1: Implement one CDS rule relevant to specialty or high clinical priority for the length of the reporting period.

Stage 2: There are two parts:

  1. Implement five CDS rules related to four or more CQMs or high-priority health conditions at a relevant point of patient care for the entire reporting period.
  2. Enable drug interaction checks for the entire reporting period. See Drug Interaction Checks.

Exclusions Available? No



This is a Yes/No measure and not based on a percentage calculation.


EHR General Setup
Define CDS Permissions by User
Configure CDS Intervention Rules
Drug Interaction Checks (stage 2)


Per the CMS recommendation, capture and save one or more dated screenshots of setup and occurrence as evidence you have implemented required CDS rule(s) during the reporting period.
Encounter CDS Interventions


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