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Meaningful Use Communications and Collaboration: Working with State Medicaid

Physicians’ practices and hospitals in your region stand to gain financially when they comply with Meaningful Use—they’ll be eligible for Medicaid reimbursements.

And now, Public Health professionals are setting the groundwork that will make these reimbursements possible. Before valuable data can be collected from physicians and hospitals, a pipeline needs to be established for information flow—and that begins with a conversation between Public Health and the state Medicaid liaison.

EpiCenter adds Comparison Feature to Descriptive Analysis

EpiCenter users now have the opportunity to compare current data with historical data to gain a clearer perspective on potential threats to public health.

Feedback on the Draft Guidelines for Inpatient and Ambulatory Clinical Care Data

Andy Walsh, PhD, HMS Director of Public Health Solutions 

The inclusion of syndromic surveillance reporting in the Meaningful Use requirements has created an unprecedented opportunity for the field. By crafting guidelines for how to define that reporting, the syndromic surveillance community can have a significant impact on the way that public health agencies and healthcare providers respond to that particular Meaningful Use objective. Therefore, it is important to consider the recently released draft guidelines for inpatient and ambulatory care data and assess whether they are moving things in the right direction.

HIE—The Challenges and Promise

Health Information Exchange (HIE) provides the opportunity for Public Health professionals to access a wider range of data—from Syndromic Surveillance to notifiable conditions, immunization, and health registries.

Stage 2 Deadlines and How to Comment

On March 7, 2012, Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements were released for public comment. The finalized requirements are expected this summer after the 60-day comment period expires.

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