2015 Edition §170.315(a)(12) Smoking Status

Please consult the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled: 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health
IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification
Program Modifications for a detailed description of the proposed certification criterion with which these testing steps
are associated.
1. Required Tests
Note: The order in which the test steps are listed reflects the sequence of the certification criterion and does not
necessarily prescribe the order in which the test should take place.
1.1 Enable a User to Record, Change, and Access a Patient’s Smoking Status
Evaluate the Health IT Module’s ability to enable a user to record a patient’s smoking status in any of the available
codes that are accordance with, at a minimum, the September 2014 Release of SNOMED CT®. Note that the Common
Clinical Data Set limits smoking status to the 8 SNOMED CT codes identified in §170.207(h), and Health IT Modules
seeking certification for criteria that reference the Common Clinical Data Set will need to be able to code smoking
status in only the 8 smoking status codes. This capability would be tested when a Health IT Module presents for
certification to those criteria.
Item # Technical Outcome
A user can record, change, and access
smoking status in any of the available
codes for smoking status in at a
minimum, the standard specified at
Test Lab Verification
Test Approach
The tester verifies that smoking status
can be recorded in accordance with
§170.207(a)(4), at a minimum, and that
all of the available codes can be
At a minimum, visual
2. Document History
Version Number
Description of Change
Released for Public Comment
March 31, 2015
3. Dependencies
For the related and required criteria, please refer to the Master Table of Related and Required Criteria.