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CMS Centralized Repository Targets Stage 2 Meaningful Use

A CMS centralized repository offers information on public health agencies and clinical data registries necessary for demonstrating Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

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By Kate Monica

- CMS recently developed a centralized repository of public health agencies and clinical data registry reporting to provide a one-stop source of information for eligible professionals and hospitals participating in the EHR Incentive Programs.

The centralized repository offers eligible professionals and hospitals additional resources for public health, clinical data, or specialized registry electronic reporting options to satisfy requirements in Stage 2 Meaningful Use.

As part of meaningful use requirements in Stage 2, eligible providers must evaluate the readiness of local public health agencies and registries to receive and send electronic data submissions.

The repository was developed between September and October 2016.

While it can be a helpful information source, the CMS centralized repository is not a comprehensive or authoritative source of all reporting options currently available.

Because participation in the repository is voluntary, CMS has clarified the absence of an entry in its centralized repository does not justify claiming an exclusion to the public health reporting requirement.

 “Providers must check with the jurisdictional public health agencies or specialty societies to which they belong and document that information to satisfy Medicare or Medicaid reporting,” the federal agency stated.

The centralized repository follows a series of three additional resources that CMS has issued to aid providers in navigating upcoming federal reporting requirements.

The previous resources included a Merit-based Incentive Payment System participation factsheet, a MIPS improvement activities factsheet, and a list of MIPS 2017 qualified registries mirroring the format of the centralized repository.  

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