The Tennessee Office of E-Health Initiatives is coordinating the state’s response to meaningful use (MU) and Health Information Exchange (HIE). Please visit http://www.tn.gov/ehealth/ for more information on HIE and the federal programs driving these initiatives. For Medicaid specific MU information, please visit http://www.tn.gov/tenncare/mu.shtml.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has specified three requirements for demonstrating Meaningful Use via the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. They are:
Meaningful use involves three graduated stages for implementing meaningful use and electronic health record certification requirements. The meaningful use criteria for each stage will focus on the following:
Stage 1. Capture/Share data (Where we are now)
Stage 2. Advanced care processes with decision support
Stage 3. Improved Outcomes
Eligible professionals (EPs) must attest to a total of 15 Core MU measures. Eligible hospitals (EHs) must attest to a total of 14 Core MU measures. In addition, EHs and EPs must choose five of the ten menu measures, including at least one Public Health measure.
The three Public Health (PH) objectives include:
Currently, TDOH is exchanging immunization registry data for both children and adults and encourages full exchange with the immunization registry to include queries, responses, and updates. TDOH is also currently accepting ELR using interoperability standards outlined in the MU objectives. At this time, however, TDOH is not currently participating in testing Syndromic Surveillance messages for Meaningful Use.
For more information on the three Public Health MU menu Items including the on boarding and testing process, trading partner agreements, and specifications please find the following:
ELR: For Eligible Hospitals:
Immunization Registry Submissions: For Eligible Professionals or Eligible Hospitals:
Syndromic Surveillance Submissions for MU testing:
For more information on the Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program, Health Information Technology Initiatives and Health Information Exchanges in TN, please visit: