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What is Meaningful
In July 2010, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services’ final rule on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program defined measures for eligible professionals and hospitals in order to receive incentive payments. Submission of immunization data to an immunization registry meets one of the public health objectives.
The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District supports the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Core Objective #16: Capability to submit electronic data to the San Antonio Immunization Registry System (SAIRS) for all eligible providers and hospitals located in Bexar County.
Complete all program requirements with CMS (www.cms.gov).
Complete a SAIRS Facility Enrollment Form (only needs to be completed once and must be completed for every clinic site) if your clinic is not already enrolled.
Facility must administer immunizations in Bexar County and surrounding areas.
Eligible providers that intend to meet the Meaningful Use Stage 2 public health core objective # 16 must:
The reporting period is the time frame that a provider seeking incentive payments must demonstrate meaningful use of their EHR/EMR. The earliest reporting period start date is January 1, 2014 for eligible providers. For most providers, the reporting period is three months long and fixed to the quarters of the calendar year.
On-boarding refers to the testing and validation process for providers and their EHR vendors to work with SAIRS staff to collaboratively implement an electronic interface between the EHR system and the immunization registry system. This process ensures that the message formatting and the electronic connection are compatible and will allow the provider to achieve ongoing submission (see below).
After you submit your Registration of Intent Form, you will receive an email with your current on-boarding status.
Ongoing submission is described by www.federalregistrar.gov as “electronic submission of reportable data during the normal course of a provider’s operations. This is not to say all data that is reportable is sent to the PHA. A provider who is submitting any reportable data during their normal course of their operations is engaged in ongoing submission. A provider that can only submit reportable data in a test environment or other circumstance that is not part of their normal operations would not be engaged in ongoing submission."
SAIRS will provide an acknowledgement of achieving successful ongoing submission via email. Please note that SAIRS will only acknowledge that a provider submitted the relevant public health data to SAIRS and will not state that a provider has achieved meaningful use or met the public health objective. Determinations regarding attestation will be made by CMS. All questions regarding attestation and incentive payments should be directed to CMS.
An eligible provider can meet meaningful use stage 2 requirements through any of the following four criteria:
The measure will not be met if the provider:
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