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Spotlight Archive

The following archive consists of historical articles which were featured on the main page in the spotlight section of this Meaningful Use website.

  • 10/13/2016 - CMS Centralized Repository for Public Health Readiness
  • 10/13/2016 - CMS section update
    News Updates
    Registries Can Declare Readiness to Receive Electronic Public Health Data through New Input Form
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing a centralized repository for public health agency (PHA) and clinical data registry (CDR) reporting. The repository will assist providers in finding entities that accept electronic public health data.
    As stated in the October 2015 final rule, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs include several public health measures that require eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals to be in active engagement with a PHA or CDR to submit electronic public health data.
    Repository Details
    To develop the repository, registries should declare their readiness to receive electronic data by completing the Centralized Repository for Public Health Agencies and Clinical Data Registry Reporting Input Form.
    Registries must identify which of the following public health measures they support:

    Immunization Registry (2016, 2017, 2018)
    Syndromic Surveillance Reporting (2016, 2017, 2018)
    Specialized Registry Reporting (2016, 2017)
    Electronic Reportable Laboratory Result Reporting (2016, 2017, 2018)
    Electronic Case Reporting (2017, 2018)
    Public Health Registry Reporting (2017, 2018)
    Clinical Data Registry Reporting (2017, 2018)

    Note: This list includes the years that the public health measures are required as part of the EHR Incentive Programs.

    How to Submit an Input Form

    Registries may submit an input form between September 1 and October 31, 2016 for inclusion in the 2017 Centralized Repository.  Please e-mail all completed input forms to

    For More Information

    The repository is expected to be completed in early 2017. All collected data will be posted on the EHR Incentive Programs Website. CMS will notify subscribers once the information is available.

  • 09/21/2016 - Looking for information to register for the next Zika Virus Disease webinar for Health IT Developers. Please click here(
  • 07/07/2016 - CMS has recently released additional FAQs for guidance on meeting Public Health Objective for 2015 EHR Reporting Period. For more details click here
  • 10/6/2015 - Finale Rule
    1. 2015 Edition Health Information Technology (Health IT) Certification Criteria, 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) Definition, and ONC Health IT Certification Program Modifications Final Rule – October 6, 2015
    2. CMS recently released a final rule that specifies criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to articipate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule’s provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.
  • 09/23/2015 - Final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Released
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with over 35 federal partners, has released the updated Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015–2020 (Plan).
  • 04/30/2015 - CMS released a proposed rule for Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for public comment. Access this proposed rule here.
  • 03/25/2015 - ONC released the proposed rule for 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria for public comment. Access this proposed rule here.
  • 03/25/2015 - CMS released the proposed rule for Stage 3 for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for public comment. Access this proposed rule here.
  • 03/25/2015 - CMS published several new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to the Meaningful Use public health objectives. Find these new FAQs here.
  • 12/08/2014 - New EHR Meaningful Use Learning Resources are now available. Access these recorded educational webinars here.
  • 10/16/2014 - Coming Up! Special Webinar on "2014 Ebola Response in U.S.- Using Travel History within Clinical Workflow" . Find out more here.
  • 09/11/2014 - New ONC Final Rule for the 2014 Edition Release 2 EHR Certification Criteria (2014 Edition Release 2) and the ONC HIT Certification Program. Find the new Final Rule here.
  • 09/09/2014 - New CMS Final Rule allows flexibility in certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for 2014 for providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT in 2014 due to delays in CEHRT availability. Find the new Final Rule here.
  • 08/08/2014 - North Carolina Division of Public Health shares the User Guide for their MU Registration of Intent web portal. Find the guide here.
  • 05/27/2014 - Stage 2 MU Public Health Reporting Requirements Task Force members have shared example templates for MU related communications between PHAs and MU eligible providers. Find these templates Here.
    (Note: Templates updated 12/16/2014)
  • 04/21/2014 - North Carolina and Pennsylvania public health agencies have shared tools used to support onboarding of hospitals for the MU Stage 2 Reportable Lab Results objective. Find these tools here.
  • 03/27/2014 - MU Stage 2 Public Health Readiness - The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has compiled a list of state specific Stage 2 Public Health reporting readiness based on information from public health agency websites. Access the APHL list here.
  • 03/21/2014 - CMS filed information collection notice for the Public Health MU Readiness Registry. Comments are due by April 8. Read the notice and instructions for commenting here.
  • 03/06/2014 - Are you looking for the Guides/Artifacts Proposed for the Public Health objectives in the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification? Please click here.
  • 02/26/2014 - Public Health (PH) - Electronic Health Records (EHR) Vendors Collaboration Initiative. For information on this initiative, meeting schedules, and materials from prior meetings, please visit the phConnect community’s site here.
  • 02/26/2014 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) published the Voluntary 2015 Edition EHR Certification Criteria (“2015 Edition”) Proposed Rule in the Federal Register on February 26, 2014. ONC will accept comments on the proposed rule through April 28, 2014.
  • 02/26/2014 - ONC recently developed two artifacts providing a basic overview of the Stage 2 Public Health Objectives for eligible providers and hospitals. EP Leave Behind EH Leave Behind
  • 02/12/2014 - Interoperability and Public Health – A new Meaningful Use related online training course offered by ONC. Access the course here.
  • 02/14/2014 - New Meaningful Use Data & Tools For Your Use. Click here for more details.