Meaningful Use Registry Deadline: February 29

blog_stopwatchAn important meaningful use deadline is approaching. February 29 is the last day to register with a specialized registry and fulfill the public health objective for meaningful use in 2016. Eyefinity recommends the following registries:

You must register with a specialized registry by February 29 to demonstrate “active engagement” with a specialized registry in 2016. Your registration fulfills your specialized registry obligation for the year. Depending upon the scope of your practice, you may be required to register with a second registry.

Eyefinity is actively working with AOA to develop an integration between AOA MORE and ExamWRITER and Eyefinity EHR. Through this integration, you’ll be able to meet the public health objective, submit your clinical quality data, and electronically report your PQRS data. This integration will be available later this year.

Overview of the Public Health Objective

Participants must meet two public health measures:

  • Immunization Registry Reporting
  • Syndromic Surveillance Reporting
  • Specialized Registry Reporting

If you participate in immunizations or syndromic surveillance, you must engage one of those registries if one is available. But, since most eyecare professionals do not, participate in immunizations or syndromic surveillance, they must engage TWO specialized registries. The second specialty registry may be maintained by a public health agency or another specialty society. For example, if you treat cancer cases, you could engage a cancer registry.

All eyecare professionals should be able to demonstrate active engagement with one specialized registry—either AOA MORE or AAO IRIS. If you don’t qualify for immunization or syndromic surveillance registries, and you are unable to locate another specialized registry, you may claim an eligible exclusion for the second registry.

Locating Specialized Registries

According to CMS, you’re not required to make an exhaustive search of all potential registries. Instead, you must perform a couple of steps to demonstrate due diligence in determining if any registry is available:

  1. Check with your state to determine if there’s a specialized registry maintained by a public health agency.
  2. Check with your specialty societies to determine if the society maintains or endorses a specialized registry.

If you determine no registries are available, you may claim an exclusion.

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