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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

Last Year to Initiate Participation

(April 13, 2016) The last year that an Eligible Professional (EP) can initiate participation in the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is 2016! Participation is voluntary however, you can receive up to $63,750 over a period of six years.

The Kentucky Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program provides incentive payments to eligible professionals as they adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU) or demonstrate meaningful use (MU) of certified EHR technology.

Get more information online.

The Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program team may be contacted in the event of questions or issues. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Email us or call us at 502-564-0105 extension 2480.

To all providers participating in the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

The Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will accept program year 2015 meaningful use attestations beginning at 8 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, April 7. The system will not be available beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time April 6.

Please keep in mind all attestations must be submitted for program year 2015 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time May 31, 2016.

Please contact us if you have questions.  

Alternate Attestation Option No Longer Required

(March 10, 2016) For Program Year 2015, Medicaid Eligible Professionals (EPs) no longer have to utilize the alternate attestation option to attest to Meaningful Use (MU) on or before March 11, 2016, in order to avoid 2016 or 2017 Medicare payment adjustments. Medicaid EPs may wait until their respective Medicaid State can accept attestations, and then attest to Program Year 2015 MU through their Medicaid State EHR Incentive program. Several Medicaid EPs have already successfully completed the Alternate Medicare MU attestation for Program Year 2015. These EPs face no extra difficulties whatsoever. In fact, this group of providers have already avoided Medicare payment adjustments in 2016 and 2017. Further, these EPs can proceed with completing their Medicaid MU attestation for Program Year 2015 with their respective Medicaid State in order to obtain Medicaid Incentive payment.

It is important to note, Medicaid EPs who obtain an AIU incentive payment for Program Year 2015 have not achieved MU, and are thus subject to Medicare payment adjustments.

Hardship Application Deadline Extended

(Feb. 29, 2016) CMS is extending the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process that reduces burden on clinicians, hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs). The new deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals is July 1, 2016. CMS is extending the deadline so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017.

In January, CMS posted new, streamlined hardship exception application forms that reduce the amount of information that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and CAHs must submit to apply for an exception. The new applications and instructions for providers seeking a hardship exception are available here.

Alternate Attestation Option Clarification

(Feb. 26, 2016) CMS has received several questions about how Medicaid providers can avoid the 2015 program year Medicare payment adjustments and would like to provide clarification:

In order to avoid payment adjustments, first time providers (i.e. EPs who have not previously attested to Meaningful Use (MU)) must attest through CMS's registration & attestation (RNA) system using the alternate Medicare attestation method on/before the March 11th deadline to avoid Medicare payment adjustments in 2016 (and, this alternate Medicare attestation would also avoid 2017 payment adjustments). If they wish to earn their Medicaid incentive, they must also attest through their respective State Medicaid attestation system before the State deadline.

Returning providers do not have to attest through the CMS attestation system as long as they will be able to successfully attest to program year 2015 MU with their State and the State successfully compiles and uploads to the NLR the State's MU Data batch file before October 2016.

Alternate Attestation Option Deadline Extended

(Feb. 12, 2016) CMS has extended the attestation deadline for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:59 pm ET. Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program can attest through the CMS Registration and Attestation System. Providers participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program should refer to their respective states for attestation information and deadlines. Certain Medicaid eligible professionals may use the Registration and Attestation System as an alternate attestation method to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment (80 FR 62900 through 62901).

Visit the Registration and Attestation and the 2015 Program Requirements pages on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website. For attestation questions, please contact the EHR Information Center Help Desk at 888-734-6433/ TTY: 888-734-6563. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST.

Hardship Exception Process

(Jan. 27, 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 4/28/2016