Kansas Meaningful Use Public Health and
Medicaid EHR Incentive Reporting
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act to accelerate the adoption of health information technology. The ARRA offers incentives to eligible professionals and hospitals to adopt health information technology and use it in a "meaningful" way.
Receiving Meaningful Use Incentives
To receive Meaningful Use (MU) incentives, participating providers and facilities must meet various operational and public health criteria established by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Incentives will be released in three stages over several years.
The MU objectives are grouped into five patient-driven domains that relate to health outcomes policy priorities. Each core and menu objective is aligned to one of the following domains:
- Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency
- Engage Patients & Families
- Improve Care Coordination
- Improve Public and Population Health
- Ensure Privacy and Security for Personal Health Information
Kansas Medicaid Meaningful Use Incentive Seekers
If you’re a Medicaid eligible professional, eligible hospital, or critical access hospital looking for information on how to attest for Meaningful Use you can learn more here.
KDHE and Meaningful Use
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working towards enabling eligible professionals and hospitals to meet public health criteria. Attestation information for each stage follows.
Stage 1 Meaningful Use
Stage 1 MU final rule requirements are divided into 15 core objectives and 10 menu objectives. For eligible entities who will be attesting for Stage 1, KDHE has chosen to allow Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) to attest exclusion for any one of the three public health meaningful use criteria.
Stage 2 Meaningful Use
In September 2012, the CMS published Meaningful Use Stage 2 (MU2) rules. MU2 increased objective requirements for both eligible professionals and hospitals.
- Eligible Professionals (EPs) must complete 17 core objectives and 3 of 6 menu objectives to obtain incentive credits. New public health menu objectives have been added for EPs. These optional objectives are described as: the reporting of cancer cases to the public health agencies and the reporting of cases to other specialized registries.
- Eligible Hospitals (EHs) must complete 16 core objectives and 3 of 6 menu objectives. Public health objectives that were optional in Stage 1 are core objectives in MU2.
KDHE will work with vendors, hospitals and providers after they have obtained ONC certified EHR technology that meets the federally mandated HL7 messaging and vocabulary standards for immunizations, electronic lab reporting, and syndromic surveillance. These objectives represent tremendous opportunities for KDHE to improve our public health surveillance capabilities.
EHs and EPs must then register their intent to submit public health data for MU2 objectives to KDHE (Pending - Registration of Intent Process) and test and validate on-going data submissions (On-Boarding process). KDHE will acknowledge providers that have achieved ongoing submission of data relevant to public health for MU2 objectives (Acknowledgements process).
Registration of Intent
For Stage 2, eligible participants will be required to register their intent to submit data to the PHA within 60 days of the start of their EHR data reporting period. If you are ready to start your reporting period and wish to register your intent to submit please email us at MeaningfulUse@kdheks.gov as our online registration application is still being developed. Please note you must first have purchased EHR technology that meets the ONC 2014 edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) criteria.
Submission Requirements for Specific Public Health Objectives
- Electronic Laboratory Reports
- Immunization Reporting
- Syndromic Surveillance
- Cancer Registry Case Reporting
- Specialized Registry – Infectious Disease Registry
- CMS EHR Meaningful Use Overview
- To enroll in the Meaningful Use Program, providers should visit the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System.
- The Official Website for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs
- Kansas Health Information Technology
- Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
- Meaningful Use and Public Health (CDC)
For more information from KDHE, send an email to MeaningfulUse@KDHEKS.gov.