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Register Now for the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Attention Providers: The Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is accepting program year 2015 AIU attestations.

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

Hardship Exception Process

(Jan. 27, 2016) 2016) As a result of recent legislation and ongoing efforts to improve the program, CMS has made important changes to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process. CMS has posted new, streamlined hardship applications, reducing the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. EPs, eligible hospitals and CAHs that wish to use the streamlined application must submit their application according to the timeline established in PAMPA: Eligible Professionals: March 15, 2016 and Eligible Hospitals and CAHs: April 1, 2016.

For more information, refer to CMS's Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information website.

Where We Go Next

(Jan. 20, 2016) Last week acting administrator Andy Slavitt spoke at a conference which resulted in a media frenzy of the end of meaningful use. CMS has released a follow-up to that speech to provide more information on Slavitt's comments and the direction of meaningful use.

Please read the article in its entirety.

Alternate Attestation Option

(Jan. 12, 2016) CMS has established an alternate attestation option through the Medicare EHR Incentive Program website for providers attesting to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and subject to payment adjustments through Medicare. This is for providers whose state SLR systems are not available for attestation submissions and/or for providers unsure if they will meet the patient volume thresholds.

This applies to providers attesting to meaningful use and with an attestation still in review for program year 2014, as well as meaningful use providers waiting to submit an attestation for program year 2015.

Attesting to this alternate option is only to avoid a Medicare payment adjustment and must be submitted no later than Feb. 29, 2016. Providers still will need to submit attestations through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to receive incentive payments.

View older EHR announcements.

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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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Last Updated 2/1/2016