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Meaningful Use and Arizona’s Public Health Systems

As a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Congress authorized more than $25 billion in incentive payments to hospitals and healthcare providers to facilitate the adoption of meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR’s). Incentive payments of up to $44,000 through the Medicare incentive program or $63,750 through the Medicaid incentive program can be made to eligible professionals (EPs) and hospitals.

To receive incentive payments, providers must meet and maintain a set of meaningful use measures using a certified EHR. Meaningful use employs a three stage approach, with each stage building on the preceding stage. To demonstrate stage one of meaningful use, an eligible professional must comply with 15 “core” requirements and 5 of 10 “menu” requirements. Eligible professionals and hospitals must first complete Stage 1 before progressing to Stage 2.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is working with eligible professionals and hospitals to meet their public health objectives. At this time we are not accepting syndromic surveillance data from eligible professionals (EPs). The public health systems supporting meaningful use are Electronic Lab Reporting (ELR), Arizona State Immunization Information System (ASIIS), Syndromic Surveillance (eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals only) and Cancer Registry (eligible professionals only).