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.

Achieving Meaningful Use

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:

  1. Improve Quality, Safety, Efficiency
  2. Engage Patients & Families
  3. Improve Care Coordination
  4. Improve Public and Population Health
  5. 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.

Learn more about Stage 1

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.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Table

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).

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Flowchart

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

Additional Resources

For more information from KDHE, send an email to MeaningfulUse@KDHEKS.gov.