Meaningful Use Attestation and Submission for EHR Incentives

Meaningful Use and Public Health Objectives

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provide financial compensation for the “Meaningful Use” of certified EHR technology to achieve health and efficiency goals. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 specify three main components of Meaningful Use:

  1. The use of a certified EHR in a meaningful manner, such as e-prescribing.
  2. The use of certified EHR technology for electronic exchange of health information to improve the quality of health care.
  3. The use of certified EHR technology to submit clinical quality and other measures.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is actively working with eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) to help them meet the required public health objectives in order to qualify for Meaningful Use incentives.

Stage 1 Meaningful Use

The final rule for Stage 1 Meaningful Use requires eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to choose at least one public health objective from the set of menu objectives, which includes electronically submitting one of the following:

  • Immunization Information
  • Reportable Electronic Laboratory Results (eligible hospitals only)
  • Syndromic Surveillance

Stage 2 Meaningful Use

For Stage 2 Meaningful Use (2014 Rules), requirements include

  • On-going submission of electronic data for immunizations in the core (mandatory) set for eligible professionals
  • On-going submission of electronic data for immunizations, reportable laboratory results and syndromic surveillance in the core set for eligible hospitals
  • In addition, eligible professionals have menu (optional) objectives for supporting specialized registries. MDPH will be collecting data for its Cancer Registry and for a registry collecting infectious disease case report data.