Guidelines for Satisfying Meaningful Use Public Health Criteria

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinic Health (HITECH) Act authorizes the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to make incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals demonstrating meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Meaningful use will be implemented in three stages beginning in 2011. The duration of each stage will depend on when an eligible professional/hospital chooses to apply for incentives.

Declaration of Readiness

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has the capability to support:

  • Electronic Laboratory Reporting
  • Immunization Reporting
  • Syndromic Surveillance (EHs/CAHs only)
  • Cancer Registry Reporting (Stage 2/EP only)
  • There are no other specialized registries that MSDH is supporting for Meaningful Use (MU)

Exclusions for MU

The Eligible Hospital/CAH or Eligible Provider can request an exclusion to CMS based on the following criteria.

  • If the Eligible Hospital/CAH or Eligible Provider does not collect public health (Immunization, Laboratory Reporting [ELR], or Syndromic Surveillance) data during the reporting period OR
  • The public health agency does not have the capacity to receive the data. (Note: MSDH does have the capacity to receive public health-related objectives for Meaningful Use.)

Refer to CMS Guidelines for additional information.

MS Health Information Network (MS-HIN)

MS-HIN is the state’s health information exchange (HIE) currently being deployed statewide. MS-HIN is a secure electronic exchange of patient information which allows health care providers a quick, secure, reliable access to patient health records. The MS-HIN provides a patient’s complete medical history at the point of care fostering better quality care in a more efficient manner.

MS-HIN Mission

  • To provide sustainable, trusted exchange of health information to improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of health care for all Mississippians.

MS-HIN Vision

  • To be the trusted source for secure, quality health care information – anywhere, anytime for a healthier Mississippi.


MSDH and MS-HIN are working closely together to implement efficiencies in health information exchange throughout the state.

MSDH is requiring that all EHs, EPs, and CAHs use MS-HIN to satisfy their MU Public Health reporting.

Registration of Intent

EHs, EPs, and CAHs are required to register their intent for both MU Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Each facility will be required to complete a registration for each MU Stage.

Note: Effective March 1, 2015, multi-facility organizations must register intent for each individual clinic for each Stage and Year. Each registration will have the same “Parent Organization” and each facility must be uniquely identified as the “Organization”. MSDH will generate a report by Parent Organization and include the list of clinics in separate letters for each Stage and Year.

Certification Letter

MSDH will email a Certification Letter(s) when the MU PH criteria have been met.

The Certification Letter(s) can be supplied to the organization with each facility listed OR to each individual facility depending on the organization/facility’s readiness.

Note: : EH’s and EP’s will be eligible to receive an MU Certification Letter from MSDH once they complete their Registration of Intent and provide an approximate on-boarding date.

Those EH’s and EP’s that are planning to send Immunization data to meet Stage 2 MU criteria must satisfactorily complete the MIIX Enrollment Packet to be placed on the MIIX On-Boarding Waiting List and receive their letter.

The MIIX Enrollment Packet includes:

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Last reviewed on Jan 13, 2015
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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