Birth Defect Reporting and Meaningful Use for Eligible Professionals
Eligible professionals enrolled in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program may elect to report birth defect case information to the Michigan Birth Defects Registry, fulfilling the Public Health Objective Specialized Registry Measure.
Why Support Electronic Birth Defect Reporting?
One out of every 15 Michigan babies is born with a reportable birth defect. State birth defect surveillance programs act as the catalyst for prevention and treatment. The surveillance programs identify children with birth defects and facilitate their assessment and referral needs.
The goal of reporting is to obtain more complete and reliable reporting of birth defects, while also ensuring that surveillance data sets are representative of the entire state. Most states have legislation supporting birth defect surveillance programs, and even mandate birth defect reporting. Legislation has facilitated surveillance teams’ access to medical records on children with reportable conditions. This results in the population-based information, which is critical to research and administrative use.
Criteria for Meaningful Use Reporting
Eligible professionals must meet the following criteria in order to select birth defect reporting as a Specialized Registry Measure.
- Diagnose or Treat Birth Defects
Birth defects are reportable in Michigan when diagnosed in stillborns and infants and children under the age of two years. Birth defects case reports are included in the statewide birth defects registry maintained by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS): Michigan Birth Defects Registry Reporting Manual
- Commitment from EHR vendor to Develop and Test the Birth Defect Draft Standard for Trial Use
A Health Level Seven (HL7) national standard for birth defect reporting is in draft standard for trial use. This means electronic health record vendors are invited to develop and pilot the standard. Ambulatory care EHR vendors committing to trial the standard and test with the Michigan Birth Defect Surveillance Program meet the meaningful use definition of active engagement. Eligible professionals with a committed vendor interested in piloting the electronic birth defect standard to meet the specialized registry measure should register at the Michigan Health System Testing Repository.
Meaningful Use Registration to Test with the Birth Defect Registry
Eligible professionals who meet the criteria for selecting birth defect reporting as the Specialized Registry Measure must complete a registration to submit birth defect information within 60 days of the start of the meaningful use reporting period. Registration is completed through the Michigan Health System Testing Repository.
Instructions for completing the registration: Health System Testing Repository User Guide
Once the registration is completed, an e-mail will be sent with instructions on next steps to comply with meaningful use active engagement requirements.
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