In 2011, CMS established the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability) to encourage providers to demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT).
As of February 2018, more than 544,000 health care providers received payment for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid PI programs.
Why an EHR Incentive Program?
The nation's health care system is undergoing a transformation - from the upgrade to ICD-10 to information exchanges of EHR technology and beyond - in an effort to improve quality, safety and efficiency of care,
To help further this vision, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or the HITECH, 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.
On April 24, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed changes to empower patients through better access to hospital price information, improve the use of EHRs and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients. The proposed rule proposes updates to Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the long-term care hospital Prospective Payment System.
In addition to programmatic changes, CMS is also proposing to overhaul the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs to focus on interoperability, improve flexibility, relieve burden and place emphasis on measures that require the electronic exchange of health information between providers and patients. To better reflect this new focus, CMS is renaming the EHR Incentive Programs to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs.
Submit questions you have about the EHR program. Providers may log onto the attestation site to begin the EHR participation process, view or check status of their attestation.
For questions concerning initial enrollment requirements for EHR such as NPI issues, associations with groups or licensure issues, please call (877) 838-5085
For questions regarding eligible professional patient volume, EHR vendor verification, and any other program questions, please call Amanda Ridgeway at (502) 564-0105, ext. 2463.
For EHR selection, training, and technical assistance, please contact the regional extension centers (RECs) listed below.
Kentucky Regional Information Organization (KY RHIO), (855) 385-2089, email
Kentucky REC, (855) KY-REC-EHR or (859) 323-3090, email