CMS Meaningful Use Public Health Measures DeadlineIf you’re planning to participate in one of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 public health measures as part of your attestation in 2015, CMS reminds you that the deadline to register with your public health agency (PHA) is March 1, 2015. The measure requires that you notify your PHA or other body to whom the information will be submitted of your intent to initiate ongoing submission of information within 60 days of the start of your EHR reporting period.

Failure to register your intent for a public health objective by this deadline will mean you will fail to meet the measure.

CMS notes that a Meaningful Use Stage 2 public health measure can be satisfied by meeting any one of the following criteria:

  • Ongoing submission was already achieved for an EHR reporting period in a prior year and continues throughout the current EHR reporting period.
  • Registration with the PHA or other body to whom the information is being submitted of intent to initiate ongoing submission was made by the deadline (within 60 days of the start of the EHR reporting period) and ongoing submission was achieved.
  • Registration of intent to initiate ongoing submission was made by the deadline and the EP or hospital is still engaged in testing and validation of ongoing electronic submission.
  • Registration of intent to initiate ongoing submission was made by the deadline and the EP or hospital is awaiting invitation to begin testing and validation.

For additional information on the public health objectives, you can refer to the CMS Meaningful Use Stage 2 Eligible Professional Specification Sheets .

CMS also advises that for information and instructions on registering intent to initiate ongoing submission for a public health objective, you should check with your public health agency, program, or other body to whom the information will be submitted.

Note: CMS also reminds eligible professionals that the agency recently (1/29/2015) announced its intent to engage in rulemaking for EHR Incentive Programs changes for 2015. As part of the changes, CMS is considering shortening the 2015 reporting period to 90 days, which if adopted through the rulemaking process, would make March 1, 2015 the deadline for PHA registration for the first EP 90-day reporting period. There would be additional deadlines corresponding to subsequent 90-day reporting periods in 2015.

For more information on the proposed change to reporting in 2015, see our blog post, Good News for Meaningful Use Providers: CMS to Reduce Meaningful Use Reporting Requirements for 2015.