Core 9: Record Smoking Status

Record smoking status for patients 13 years or older

More than 50 percent of all unique patients 13 years old or older seen by the EP have smoking status recorded as structured data

DENOMINATOR: Number of unique patients age 13 or older seen by the EP during the EHR reporting period.

NUMERATOR: Number of patients in the denominator with smoking status recorded as structured data.

The resulting percentage (Numerator ÷ Denominator) must be more than 50 percent in order for an EP to meet this measure.

Any EP who sees no patients 13 years or older would be excluded from this requirement. EP's must enter '0' in the exclusion box to attest to exclusion from this requirement. 

For additional information from the CMS regarding Core 9: Record Smoking Status click here.

How to (website)

Step 1: From the schedule, click on a patients appointment to show appointment details. 

Step 2: Use the Vital tab to enter in the patients smoking status. 

Step 3a: Once you have selected the correct smoking status for the patient click on Save & Close in the appointment tab. 

Step 3b: Alternatively, you can use the MU Helper tab, which is also n the appointment details window to record the patients smoking status.

Step 3c: Once you have selected the patients smoking status under the MU Helper tab click on Save MU Data. 


Lastly, you are able to enter in a patients smoking status from the demographic section of their patient chart under the Smoking Status tab. Be sure to click Save Demographics one you entered in their status. 

How to (iPad)

Step 1: Select the patient and click on Patient Chart

Step 2: At the top right of the screen click on Vitals next to chief complaint.

Step 3: Chose the status from the Smoking Status drop down in the Vitals pop-up and click on Save.


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