CMS to Collect Meaningful Use Data, Launch Online Data Repository

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a notice stating it plans to test public health agencies and registries on their ability to send and receive data to support the “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program. Additionally, the agency announced plans to create and maintain “a database on the readiness of public health agencies and registries.”

Under meaningful use public reporting requirements, certified electronic health records technology (CEHRTs) must demonstrate that it can send electronic data to public health organizations and systems, which must be able to receive this data. Under stage 1 meaningful use requirements, public reporting is optional, while the transmission of such data is required by stage 2.

The notice, published in the Federal Register on May 16, also addresses public feedback about issues associated with the public reporting process. Public commenters have noted that “the burden for each individual eligible provider to determine the readiness of multiple public health agencies and registries could be nearly eliminated if we were to maintain a database on the readiness of public health agencies and registries,” the notice stated.

The agency then noted that it’s data collection will eventually be made publicly available online via the CMS EHR Incentive Program’s website “in order to provide a centralized repository of this information to eligible providers and eliminate their multiple individual inquiries to multiple public health agencies and registries,” according to the notice.

The CMS proposal will be open to public comment until June 16, 2014.

Click here to read the full Federal Register notice.


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