CMS Seeks Feedback on Database To Collect Stage 2 Reporting Data

May 19, 2014 in News

On Friday, CMS published a notice in the Federal Register detailing its plans to assess public health agencies’ readiness for meaningful use reporting requirements and create a database to aid health care providers if such agencies are unprepared, EHR Intelligence reports (Murphy, EHR Intelligence, 5/16).

Background

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.

Public reporting requirements for Stage 1 of the meaningful use program are optional and aim to ensure that providers’ certified electronic health record technology has the ability to send information to public health agencies and registries (Goedert, Health Data Management, 5/16). However, Stage 2 makes such electronic data transmission mandatory.

Notice Details

In the notice, CMS cited public feedback that called attention to the burdens providers would face to determine whether a public health agency can receive electronic data.

To help alleviate that burden, CMS proposed creating and maintaining “a database on the readiness of public health agencies and registries.”

CMS wrote that the readiness data will be made publicly available online through its EHR Incentive Programs website “in order to provide a centralized repository of this information to eligible providers and eliminate … multiple individual inquiries to multiple public health agencies and registries.”

CMS is accepting public comment on the proposed data collection until June 16 (EHR Intelligence, 5/16).

According to Health Data Management, CMS said that “no database has been built” as of now (Health Data Management, 5/16).

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