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CIR: What's New for Providers?

Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (EHR), CIR, and Medicare/Medicaid Incentive
In July 2010, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published final rules under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and HITECH Act of 2009, which authorizes incentive payments to healthcare providers and hospitals that demonstrate meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHRs). 
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Resources For Providers

Register, Update Contact Info

Who may register? If you are a health care provider, independent pharmacist, school, or agency concerned with health, and if you are interested in CIR access and/or reporting, and/or intend to submit immunization data to fulfill Meaningful Use (MU) requirements, you may register your private practice, site, facility or clinic with the CIR to obtain a facility code.

Once you register with the CIR, you may be eligible to sign up for Online Registry access to look up records, print official reports, create and save school health exam forms, generate reminder/recall lists, and order VFC vaccines, if you are participating in the Vaccines for Children program. Need more information? Please visit nyc.gov/health/cir, e-mail cir@health.nyc.gov, or call (347) 396-2400.

Update Contact Information: By notifying us of changes in your contact information (such as staff changes, new address or telephone number) you will be able to receive updates regarding the CIR and general immunization information. Register online.
Registration and Online Registry Read Only Access for Providers Outside of NYC

If you are a provider outside of the New York City area you may register with the CIR and sign up for Online Registry read-only access to view immunization records reported by NYC health care provider(s) to the CIR.
Send completed forms to the CIR by fax: (347) 396-2559.
Next, the Online Registry assigns a Username and Password to the Security Administrator (User Manager). The Security Administrator (User Manager) can then set up Usernames and Passwords for additional staff members. He or she must have each additional user read and sign a User Confidentiality Statement (PDF) for Online Access and keep these signed statements on file at the site.

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