Knowing that most eligible professionals (EPs) are experiencing challenges in demonstrating Modified Stage 2 objectives, AdvancedMD wants to make sure you’re informed when CMS releases new guidance on these objectives.
Recently, CMS answered questions, CMS: FAQs, related to the Public Health Reporting objective providing clarity to the options and alternate exclusions.
For providers whose registry is not available within the first 60 days of the reporting period but the registry declares readiness later in the reporting period, a provider may still register intent to meet the measure.
If you’re a provider who had not originally planned to engage with a public health agency to submit syndromic surveillance data (Measure 2) or to submit data to a specialized registry (Measure 3) you have the option to claim an alternate exclusion.
The new guidance states, “We will allow providers to claim an alternate exclusion for these measures which might require the acquisition of additional technologies providers did not previously have or did not previously intend to include in their activities for meaningful use,” as explained in CMS FAQ 14401. This alternate exclusion may enable you to meet the Public Health Reporting objective if you intended to connect only to your immunization registry or meet the exclusion requirements of the immunization registry measure.
For more information, please visit the CMS FAQs.