While the final days of Meaningful Use attestation and PQRS reporting near, CMS has sent out an email regarding Stage 2. Â As it stands, Stage 2Â still requires a full year for reporting. Â But there is a high possibility that Stage 2 will be reduced to only 90 days for 2015. Â If so, the pressure will be released to some degree. Â But for now, one should assume that the full year still applies which implements a deadline as of March 1, 2015, which is this Sunday. Â That essentially only leaves until this Friday (Februrary 27, 2015) toÂ determine if there is a public health registry that can accept your submission.
Who To Contact?
You can contact CMS and see if they have any recommendations, butÂ a better solution would be to contact your local state Department of Health Services. Â Below is a link for several states that we have researched to at least get you started. Â In many cases, the public health submission only applies to hospitals and there is not a registry for ambulatory submission. Â In other cases, it is only for certain types of providers. Â So the easiest thing is to search on the Internet for:
<yourstate>Â department of health meaningful use
This will, in most cases, get you to a website that discusses the requirements and whether you would fall under these guidelines. Â It seems that in most cases, the ambulatory environments will be able to claim an exception, but you must verify this with your local state.
Below are the links for several state government sites regarding Meaningful Use and public health. Â This is not an exhaustive list but rather a small sample to at leastÂ provide a launching point for your own state.
Arizona Department of Health Services
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Texas Department of State Health Services