CMS develops 'centralized repository' to ease Meaningful Use reporting

CMS posted a new resource online, called the CMS Centralized Repository, which provides eligible professionals and hospitals with a consolidated source of information about reporting options for public health agencies and clinical data registries.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 requires healthcare providers to determine which agencies and registries are ready to receive electronic data. However, physicians and hospitals have sought exemptions from the requirement since a centralized resource for this information did not exist, according to the Politico Morning eHealth newsletter.

CMS emphasized the new repository is not an "authoritative source" on reporting options, since the information was collected in late 2016 and participation by reporting agencies and registries was voluntary.

"For the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the absence of an entry on the CMS Centralized Repository is not sufficient documentation for claiming an exclusion and does not prevent a provider from attesting to reporting to a registry," according to CMS.

Click here to view the centralized repository.

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