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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

Program Year 2016

(June 14, 2016) The Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is currently accepting attestations for Program Year 2016 AIU only. We are in the process of updating the system for the new requirements. A release date has not yet been determined. Thank you for your patience.

Hardship Application Deadline

(June 10, 2016) Hardship exception applications are due by July 1, 2016. All providers must take action by July 1 to avoid payment adjustments. More information is located on the CMS Payment Adjustments and Hardship Information website.

Program Year 2015 deadline approaching!

(April 27, 2016) The last day to attest to receive an incentive payment for the Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in Calendar Year (CY) 2015 is approaching! Eligible Hospitals (EHs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and Eligible Professionals (EPs) must submit their attestations by 11:59pm on May 31, 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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 6/16/2016