First, some useful information from our friends at KHIE:
With the new year in full swing, we want to remind everyone that Kentucky has published guidance to assist you with your 2016 Meaningful Use plans. This guidance is available on the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website and KHIE website. For Program Years 2016 and 2017, eligible professionals (EPs) are required to meet 2 public health measures; eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet at least 3 public health measures.
As the public health authority for Meaningful Use for the state of Kentucky, KHIE supports the following four public health reporting measures:
- Measure 1 – Immunization Registry Reporting
- Who Qualifies -> EPs and EHs/CAHs that administer any type of immunization (influenza, pneumococcal, HPV, chickenpox, shingles, etc.)
- Measure 2 – Syndromic Surveillance Reporting
- Who Qualifies -> All EPs and EHs/CAHs in the state of Kentucky
- Measure 3 – Specialized Registry Reporting
- Who Qualifies -> EPs that diagnose and/or treat cancer patients are eligible to submit to the Kentucky Cancer Registry and count it toward
- Measure 4 – Electronic Reportable Laboratory (ELR) Results Reporting
- Who Qualifies -> All EHs and CAHs (note that effective October 2016, Kentucky legislation 902 KAR 2:020 requires laboratory results to be reported electronically to KHIE)
As always, KHIE does not charge any fees to providers who wish to take advantage of these public health reporting options. Your signed KHIE participation agreement and associated public health reporting addendum serves as your registration of intent to submit. Please contact the KHIE Outreach Coordinator in your region for more information or to get started.
SECOND, from CMS
New and Updated FAQs Provide Guidance on Public Health Reporting Requirements for the EHR Incentive Programs
FAQ #14393 (New): Can a provider register their intent after the first 60 days of the reporting period in order to meet the measures if a registry becomes available after that date?
FAQ #14397 (New): What should a provider do in 2016 if they did not previously intend to report to a public health reporting measure that was previously a menu measure in Stage 2 and they do not have the necessary software in CEHRT or the interface the registry requires available in their health IT systems? What if the software is potentially available but there is a significant cost to connect to the interface?
FAQ #14401 (New): For 2016, what alternate exclusions are available for the public health reporting objective? Is there an alternate exclusion available to accommodate the changes to how the measures are counted?
FAQ #13657 (Updated): What steps does a provider have to take to determine if there is a specialized registry available for them, or if they should instead claim an exclusion? Read the full FAQ.
FAQ #14117 (Updated): What steps do eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals need to take to meet the specialized registry objective? Is it different from EPs? Read the full FAQ.
FAQ #13653 (Updated): What can count as a specialized registry? Read the full FAQ.
For More Information
- CMS EHR Incentive Program Website
- Eligible Professionals: Public Health Reporting in 2015 (pdf)
- Eligible Hospitals /CAHs: Public Health Reporting in 2015 (pdf)