Doctors of Optometry May Use Certified Paraoptometric Staff for Electronic Order Entry

CMS Defers to Physicians, Federal and State Law in Determining Who Can Enter Medication and other Orders for Meaningful Use

Many doctors of optometry who participate in the Medicare & Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs have asked whether credentialed staff members are qualified to perform computerized provider order entry (CPOE) to fulfill meaningful use requirements. Based on AOA's review of the regulations and guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the AOA recommends that doctors of optometry only allow credentialed staff members with designations such as Certified Paraoptometric Technician (CPOT), Certified Paraoptometric Assistant (CPOA), and Certified Paraoptometric (CPO) to enter orders related to CPOE. Doctors of optometry must also personally ensure that any individual selected to enter orders has the education and training to perform the clinical expectations for this task and that designating this task to the credentialed staff member is in accordance with local, state and federal law.  Read AOA's complete clarification here.