Public Health Meaningful Use Criteria

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The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) is currently accepting or is actively working towards accepting Public Health data from Electronic Health Records (EHR) based on the Meaningful Use (MU) standards and specifications for Public Health data.

Please refer to the Declaration of Readiness chart below to confirm which MU Public Health data New Jersey is currently accepting electronically based on MU standards and specifications:

Public Health Data Meaningful Use Declaration of Readiness

Public Health Objective

Stage 1

Stage 2

Eligible Professional

Eligible
Hospital

Eligible Professional

Eligible
Hospital

Immunization: NJDOH is accepting data sent to the New Jersey Immunization Information System

Menu

Ready to
Accept Data

Menu

Ready to
Accept Data

Core

Ready to
Accept Data

Core

Ready to
Accept Data

Reportable Lab Results:  NJDOH is accepting data through the Electronic Lab Reporting System

N/A

Menu

Ready to
Accept Data

N/A

Core

Ready to
Accept Data

Syndromic Surveillance: NJDOH is only accepting Syndromic data from Hospital Emergency Departments

Menu

NOT Currently Accepting Data
or
Registrations

Menu

Ready to
Accept from Emergency
Dept. Only

Menu

NOT Currently Accepting Data or
Registrations

Core

Ready to
Accept from Emergency
Dept. Only

Cancer Data: NJDOH is currently registering Eligible Professionals (EP) who are ready to send cancer data to the New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR).  NJSCR is ready to electronically accept test data for MU2.  

N/A

N/A

Menu

Ready to Register and Accept Test Data

N/A

Specialized Registry:  NJDOH has not identified any specialized registries within the DOH that is ready to accept clinical data electronically from Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT) at this time

N/A

N/A

Menu

NOT Currently Accepting Data or
Registrations

N/A


Meaningful Use Public Health Data Reporting Details

Summary of Stage 1 and Stage 2 Public Health Meaningful Use Objectives for New Jersey Providers

Stage 1 Public Health Objectives

Stage 1 public health objectives are all menu-set objectives; however, providers must choose at least one.  A provider can meet a Stage 1 objective by:

  1. Registering with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) for the public health program. To register, follow one of the program links above.

    And

  2. Conducting a test of electronic data transmission with the public health program.

Providers are expected to establish ongoing data submission with the public health program if the test is successful.

Providers who are taking an exclusion on a Public Health objective do not need to register with NJDOH for that objective.

Stage 2 Public Health Objectives

Stage 2 public health objectives are a mix of core and menu-set objectives.  For Stage 2, providers are required to register with NJDOH within 60 days of the beginning of the Meaningful Use reporting period.  To register, follow one of the program links above.  Stage 2 requires providers to work with the public health program to establish ongoing data submission. Just sending a test is not sufficient. Ongoing data submission is the ability of a provider to regularly report data from its Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) to a public health program for the entire reporting period.

A provider can meet the public health Meaningful Use objectives by registering with NJDOH within 60 days of the start of their EHR reporting period and being in one of the following statuses:

  1. Achieved ongoing data submission in Stage 1 and satisfied the Stage 2 Meaningful Use technical standards and specifications for ongoing data submission

    OR

  2. Achieved ongoing data submission during Stage 2.

    OR

  3. In the process of onboarding with NJDOH at the end of the EHR reporting period.

    OR

  4. In a queue awaiting an invitation from NJDOH to begin the onboarding process.

A provider will not meet the ongoing data submission requirement if the provider fails to do the following:

  1. Register with NJDOH within 60 days of the start of their EHR reporting period.

    OR

  2. Respond within 30 calendar days to requests by NJDOH for action on two separate occasions.

Providers who are taking an exclusion on a Public Health objective do not need to register with NJDOH for that objective.

For more information on achieving Meaningful Use and the Medicaid and Medicare incentives you can visit these web sites:

  1. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Meaningful Use Overview
  2. CDC Meaningful Use Guides For Public Health Information
  3. NJ- Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
  4. NJ-HITEC, the NJ Regional Extension Center