Public Health & Promoting Interoperability Programs

Program Description and History

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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The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is not a direct recipient of data from healthcare providers, the Eligible Professionals (EPs) or Eligible Clinicians (ECs), the Eligible Hospitals (EHs), or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for the Interoperability Programs (formerly known as Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Meaningful Use (MU) Medicare and Medicaid Incentive Programs). Per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), healthcare providers should contact their state or local public health department for information and instructions on submitting data for the public health related objective and measures. However, the CDC does offer the option for healthcare providers to submit data to the National Health Care Surveys and Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance (AUR) reporting, under the public health registry reporting measure.

Page last reviewed: October 9, 2019