Certified EHR Reporting for Physicians
The Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) is currently accepting cancer case data via Certified Electronic Health Records (EHR). Reporting to the TCR using Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) can be used for participation in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare quality reporting programs (MACRA > QPP > MIPS > Advancing Care Information (ACI), replacing the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, also known as Meaningful Use) and State Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
Please Note: Certified EHR reporting is not intended to replace traditional cancer reporting from hospitals and other facilities; it is meant to supplement existing reporting sources.
Requirements for Certified EHR Reporting to the TCR
Physicians wishing to participate in Certified EHR Reporting to the TCR must be using CEHRT that is certified for cancer reporting criteria. Visit our EHR Certification Criteria page for additional information on the certification criteria required for cancer reporting, and instructions on determining if your EHR meets the cancer reporting criteria.
Due to resource constraints, the TCR is unable to accept data from health care providers other than physicians at this time. Physicians who participate in MIPS/MU and are in cancer-related specialties such as oncology, hematology, urology, dermatology, and gastroenterology will be prioritized for onboarding. Please see our Registration and Onboarding page for additional details.
- The DSHS Meaningful Use webpage contains resources on other public health reporting options in Texas including Immunizations, Electronic Laboratory Reporting, and Syndromic Surveillance.
- The Texas Medical Association (TMA) provides helpful resources for physicians regarding MACRA, ACI, and EHRs.
- Texas Regional Extension Centers (RECs) support physicians with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, and ongoing support to select, implement, or upgrade EHRs, and provide guidance for EHR incentive programs.
- The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) offers web-based interoperability training on Public Health Reporting including state cancer reporting.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides helpful information regarding public health reporting requirements including cancer-specific information from the National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR).
If you have any questions about Certified EHR Reporting, please email CancerReporting@dshs.texas.gov.