Meaningful Use

San Luis Obispo County Meaningful Use

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act implemented the Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH). The HITECH Act Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive program allows Eligible Hosiptals, (EHs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Eligible Professionals (EPs) that provide clinical care to Medicare and Medicaid (Medi-Cal) patients to receive financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. To qualify, EHs, CAHs and EPs must meet Meaninful Use Stage 2 (MUS2) requirements. Currently, there are five (5) Public Health objectives. Which ones clinical providers must meet depend on their status.

The five public health objectives are:

  • Electronic Immunization reporting
  • Electronic Laboratory reporting
  • Syndromic Surveillance reporting
  • Cancer registry reporting
  • Specialized disease registry reporting    

EPs must meet the core public health objectives of immunization reporting, and must meet three of six "menu set" requirements, three of which may be public health objectives. CAHs must meet three core public health objectives: Immunization reporting, Syndromic Surveillance, and electronic lab reporting.

 

At this time, San Luis Obispo County can accept Immunization and Electronic lab reports via the California Health Information Exchange Gateway. Please register at http://hie.cdph.ca.gov. Syndromic Surveillance is not yet available, but San Luis Obispo County is working to implement a solution. Check back frequently to get updates on our progres. Cancer registry reporting for Eligible Providers may be done through the HIE gateway as well. All other entities must continue to report through the California Cancer Registry.  San Luis Obispo County does not currently operate any specialized disease registries.

A letter that can be used for attestation by EPs, EHs and CAHs for San Luis Obispo County is available here. SLO County Attestation.

 For more information on MU Stage 2, see the CMS website here.

Penny Borenstein, MD, MPH

Health Officer/Public Health Director

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