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Meaningful Use

Public Health Meaningful Use – Modified Stage 2 Requirements 

image of doctor's stethoscopeATTENTION: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published final rule specifies criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule's provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.

For additional Information please visit:

CMS 2015 MU Program Requirements
CMS 2016 MU Program Requirements
CMS 2017 MU Program Requirements

To qualify and receive Meaningful Use incentives, participating providers and facilitates must meet various operational and public health criteria established by Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) with the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information technology (ONC). For more information on the EHR incentive programs, visit the following links:

Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Arkansas Medicaid Incentive Program

For information about the EHR Incentive Programs in previous years, visit the Requirements for Previous Years page.

Declaration of Readiness - Stage 3

Declaration of Readiness for Public Health Reporting for Meaningful Use

Summary of Public Health Meaningful Use for Arkansas Providers

Click below for more information related to the Modified Stage 2 rule for EPs

Click below for more information related to the Modified Stage 2 rule for EHs and CAHs?

Registration and On-Boarding for Public Health MU Objectives

In alignment wMeaningful Use Stage 2 logoith the activities related to the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Incentive Program, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has created an online meaningful use registration and communication system called MURCS. The system is capable of collecting and recording all aspects of the onboarding process for EPs, EHs and CAHs wanting to submit electronic data on Immunizations, Syndromic Surveillance, Reportable lab results and Cancer. The intent of the system will allow the user to enter required information to inform the specific programs within the public health system and keep an audit trail of their MU efforts with public health in Arkansas.

Those interested in pursuing the Public Health Meaningful Use objectives can proceed to the Meaningful Use Registration and Communications System (MURCS) or click the registration link below.

Click here to Register

In alignment with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Incentive Program, Arkansas Department of Health supports electronic submission of the following public health data:

Cancer Reporting

Cancer reporting from ambulatory providers to state cancer registries is a new public health objective for Stage 2 Meaningful Use..
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Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR)

Electronic Laboratory Reporting (ELR) is the electronic transmission from laboratories to public health of laboratory reports which identify reportable conditions..
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Immunization Information System (IIS)

Immunization Information Systems (IIS) are confidential, population-based, computerized information systems that attempt to collect vaccination data about all individuals within a geographic area..
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Syndromic Surveillance

Syndromic surveillance allows public health to monitor syndromes, or collections of symptoms, over time to quickly and accurately detect outbreaks or monitor diseases, disorders, or conditions..
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For information about the EHR Incentive Programs in previous years, visit the Requirements for Previous Years page.

The Privacy Rule permits covered entities to disclose PHI, without authorization, to public health authorities or other entities who are legally authorized to receive such reports for the purpose of preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

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Meaningful Use Coordinator



Please continue to check this site for current ADH Meaningful Use testing requirements and instructions as the process will be evolving as ADH acquires new technology.


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