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Please visit EHR Incentive Program to complete your registration for the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Information about the program is provided below.

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What's New
  • Sept. 11, 2014 - Do you need assistance with meeting measure #3 of the Transitions of Care core objective? There is a new tool available to providers that can assist on how to use the NIST EHR Randomizer. The Randomizer tool enables providers to exchange data with a test EHR in order to meet measure #3 of the Stage 2 Transition of Care objective.
  • May 2, 2014 - Are you a Medicare provider who was unable to successfully demonstrate meaningful use for 2013 due to circumstances beyond your control? CMS is accepting applications for hardship exceptions to avoid the upcoming Medicare payment adjustment for the 2013 reporting year. Payment adjustments for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program will begin on January 1, 2015 for eligible professionals. However, you can avoid the adjustment by completing a hardship exception application and providing supporting documentation that proves demonstrating meaningful use would be a significant hardship for you. CMS will review applications to determine whether or not you are granted a hardship exception. Please click here for more information.
  • April 22, 2014 - Eligible Professionals: Hardship Exception Applications due July 1, 2014 - refer to the CMS Payment Adjustments and Hardship Exceptions website for more information.
  • April 11, 2014 - Payment Reassignment - Read the Payment Reassignment Process
  • Mar. 20, 2014 - Please join the Kentucky REC and KHIE for a new series of Meaningful Use Survival Seminars. This new series will be hosted at several different locations around Kentucky this spring and summer. Please see the KREC Event Flyer 2014 for the details.
  • Mar. 7, 2014 - Attestation guidance for Stage 1 and Stage 2 is revised. Please review the guidance documents for Stage 1 and Stage 2. The attestation guides outline the processes to be completed prior to submitting your attestation for the EHR Incentive Program. If you have any questions regarding these processes please contact your KHIE Outreach Coordinator.
  • Jan. 1, 2014 - Stage 2 Meaningful Use - On Sept. 4, 2012, CMS published a final rule that specifies the State 2 criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicaid EHR incentive program. All providers much achieve meaningful use under Stage 1 criteria before moving to Stage 2 meaningful use requirements or Stage 2 Timeline for EPs, EHs and CAHs.
  • Dec. 10, 2013 - Learn How to Conduct a Security Risk Analysis for Your Practice.What's required? CMS has a tip sheet that will help you understand:
    • Steps for conducting a security risk analysis
    • How to create an action plan
    • Security areas to be considered and their corresponding security measures
    • Myths and facts about conducting a security risk analysis
  • Nov. 7, 2013 - Stage 2 Meaningful Use Public Health Measures - Connection to KHIE required. During the Stage 2 meaningful use, ongoing electronic submission of data in all three core objective public health areas is required, if the respective KDPH programs are ready. The Stage 2 public health meaningful use objectives only can be met by electronic submission of messages through the Kentucky Health Information Network (KHIE). To begin the reporting process, providers/hospitals must sign a participation agreement with KHIE. The agreement can be obtained by contacting KHIE.
  • June 4, 2013 - What's new for Stage 1 in 2013.
  • April 11, 2013 - Mandated Sequestration Payment Reductions Beginning for Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program. Incentive payments made through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program are subject to the mandatory reductions in federal spending known as sequestration, required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.
  • Incentive Payment Reduction - The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postponed sequestration for two months. As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013. Under these mandatory reductions, Medicare EHR incentive payments made to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be reduced by 2 percent.
  • Reduction Timing - This 2 percent reduction will be applied to any Medicare EHR incentive payment for a reporting period that ends on or after April 1, 2013. If the final day of the reporting period occurs before April 1, 2013, those incentive payments will not be subject to the reduction. Please note: This reduction does not apply to Medicaid EHR incentive payments, which are exempt from the mandatory reductions.
  • The Kentucky REC and the Kentucky Health Information Exchange are proud to announce a series of Meaningful Use Survival Seminars coming to a location near you. Please refer to the KY REC KHIE Roadshow Brochure for more information regarding the locations, dates, registration, meeting agenda, CME Credit Information and other important details.
  • Important Information for Hospitals Attesting to Meaningful Use. Read Hospital MU Attestation Information.
  • 1,925 Providers In Kentucky Receive $115,567,468 Under EHR Incentive Programs. (June 19, 2012) - Read the Kentucky EHR Incentive Program News Release.

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Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Information

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Section 4201) established the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for payment to certain classes of Medicaid professionals and hospitals who adopt and become meaningful users of electronic health records.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator have released rules to guide the program, integrating it into the broader health information technology infrastructure needed to reform the health care system and improve health care quality, efficiency and patient safety.

Information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs can be found on the CMS website. Administration of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a combined effort of both the states and CMS. We recommend you visit the CMS website for a baseline understanding of the program and use this website to find information on Kentucky-specific questions.

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Why an EHR Incentive Program?

The nation's health care system is undergoing a transformation in an effort to improve quality, safety and efficiency of care, from the upgrade to ICD-10 to information exchanges of EHR technology.

To help facilitate this vision, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the HITECH Act established programs under Medicare and Medicaid to provide incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, explains this in more detail in his article The Meaningful Use Regulation for Electronic Health Records published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Specifics

There are slight differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Refer to the Medicaid Provisions of the EHR Incentive Program.

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Who are Eligible Professionals?

The final rule published to the Federal Register on July 28, 2010, defines eligible professionals as physicians, dentists, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are practicing in federally qualified health centers or rural health clinics led by a physician assistant.

To be eligible for a Medicaid EHR incentive payment, a professional must meet certain Medicaid patient volume requirements. For more information, visit the Medicaid Eligible Professionals section of the CMS website.

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Who are Eligible Hospitals?

Eligible hospitals that may participate are acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals and children's hospitals whose CCN number falls into one of the following ranges: 0001-0879, 1300-1399 and 3300-3399.

To be eligible for a Medicaid EHR incentive payment, acute care hospitals and critical access hospitals must have at least 10 percent Medicaid (Title XIX) patient volume. Children's hospitals have no Medicaid patient volume requirements. For more information visit the Hospital section of the CMS website.

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