Public Health & Promoting Interoperability Programs (formerly, known as Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use)
The American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) was enacted on February 17, 2009. ARRA includes many measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, one of which is the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act”. The HITECH Act supports the concept of Electronic Health Records
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National Public Health Promoting Interoperability Programs Focused Forums
The following forums foster collaboration among public health jurisdictions, EHR vendors, national public health organizations, and other stakeholders to support the widespread adoption of EHRs for promoting interoperability and to improve population and public health. For more information on these initiatives and recurring webinars use the links provided.
- Joint Public Health Forum and CDC Nationwide Webinar
For additional information check at Joint Public Health Forum & CDC Nationwide(https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/joint-public-health-forum–cdc-nationwide.html)
- Public Health (PH) – Electronic Health Records (EHR) Vendors Collaboration Initiative
For additional information check at: (Public Health – EHR Vendors Collaboration Initiative (https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/public-health-ehr-vendors-collaboration-initiative.html).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Interoperability Task Force
Has completed work to develop consensus guidance around the new process requirements for Modified Stage 2 (2015-2017), and Promoting Interoperability Programs. PHA preparing for Promoting Interoperability Programs now will have access to guidance documents created by this collaborative Task Force to implement the new processes, such as declaration of readiness, registration of intent, on-boarding/ongoing submission and acknowledgement processes. PHAs across the nation will be able to adopt this guidance according to their jurisdictional needs. For information this task force and access to the guidance documents , please visit https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/meaningful-use-mu-public-health-ph-reporting-requirements-task-force.html.
- Community of Practice (CoP) for Leveraging Federal Financial Participation (FFP) for Medicaid Health Information Technology (HIT) Activities For additional information check at (Community of Practice https://www.cdc.gov/ehrmeaningfuluse/cop.html)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Interoperability Technical Assistance Team
The CDC and ONC have a team to help resolve issues and answer questions related to the Public Health Promoting Interoperability Programs. To request assistance regarding issue or to submit question, please email Meaningfuluse@cdc.gov with “Request for Technical Assistance” in the Subject line.
The following public health objective or measures are included for Stage 1, Stage 2, Modified Stage 2, and Stage 3 of the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Meaningful Use(MU). For specific information, guidance, and instructions on reporting data to public health for these objectives or measures, eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs) need to contact their state or local public health agency, immunization registry, or cancer registry.
While the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is not a direct recipient of data from healthcare providers, the Eligible Professionals (EPs), the Eligible Hospitals (EHs), or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Meaningful Use (MU) Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs, there is a new option per the final rule on modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017; National Health Care Surveys can be used to meet the specialized registry public health reporting objective. EPs, EHs or CAHs can now use submission of data to CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) for the National Health Care Surveys as one of the measures to meet their public health objectives requirements under the Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.
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Summary of Public Health Objectives in Stage 2 Meaningful Use Final Rules
CMS Stage 2 Final Rule
ONC 2014 Edition Final Rule
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