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January 23, 2018

Idaho Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 promotes adoption of EHR technology in documenting patient care.  The legislation allows incentive payments for EPs and EHs as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful use of a CEHRT.

We encourage you to watch for updates on the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to find the most recent changes to this site.  Information and updates will be posted to this website, so consider using the subscribe function found below to receive email alerts when updates are made.  Information and updates will also be shared in the MedicAide newsletter and through the Announcements found on the MMIS website

Have questions or comments about the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?  Reach the EHR Incentives Program Help Desk by sending an e-mail or calling us at (208) 332-7989.  Subscribe here to receive an e-mail when we update this page.

PY 2016 Alternate MU Attestation

The deadline to attest to the Alternate Medicare MU Attestation is March 13th, 2017.  Medicaid EPs who do not qualify to attest to Medicaid MU for program year 2016, may complete the Alternate Medicare MU attestation to avoid Payment Adjustments in 2017, (if they are 1st-time MU attesters in PY 2016) or in 2018 (if they are returning MU attesters in PY 2016).  These attestations are available during the CMS Reporting Period to Medicaid EPs who have registered for PY 2016 at the CMS RNA, and have been accepted and marked for eligibility by the Idaho EHR Incentive Program Team.  Due to the time delay in relaying the eligibility request to CMS, providers must notify us no later than March 10th, 2017.

Although the Alternate Medicare MU attestation is done by the Medicaid EP with CMS, the registration of the Medicaid EP with his/her respective State Medicaid EHR Incentive Program must be CONFIRMED by the State Medicaid EHR Incentive Program BEFORE the Medicaid EP can proceed with submitting the MU attestation in CMS RNA.  In other words, even though a Medicaid EP has registered at the CMS RNA for PY 2016, the Medicaid EP cannot proceed with the Alternate Medicare MU attestation at the CMS RNA until the EP’s State Medicaid Agency confirms the Medicaid EP’s registration.

There is no incentive payment available for successfully completing the Alternate Medicare MU attestation.  The purpose is to avoid the Medicare payment adjustment only.

Hospital Payment Frequency Change

Beginning with PY 2017, all EH incentive payments must be concurrent to the year prior.  This means if an EH does not participate for PY 2016, they lose all future incentive payments and eligibility status.  If you encounter an attestation problem, please contact the EHR Incentives Program Help Desk for more information.

PY 2016 EHR Reporting Periods


For all returning participants, the EHR reporting period will be a minimum of any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.

For EPs, eligible hospitals, and CAHs that have not successfully demonstrated meaningful use in a prior year, the EHR reporting period is any continuous 90-day period between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. 

Effective November 21, 2016, the Idaho Incentive Management System (IIMS) has been updated to accommodate these changes.  Please contact the EHR Incentives Program Help Desk with any questions or concerns.


PY 2016 Attestation Deadline

The deadline for EPs and EHs to attest to the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for PY 2016 is March 31st, 2017.  EPs and EHs will have until midnight MST on March 31st to ensure registrations to attest for PY 2016 have been submitted.   If you encounter an attestation problem, please contact us so we can readily resolve your concern.

Please check back for updated information or contact the EHR Incentives Program Help Desk for assistance.

Public Health Reporting Registration

Public Health Reporting requirements include ongoing submission of electronic laboratory results for re-portable diseases and conditions, immunization data for EHs, and ongoing submission of electronic immunization data or cancer registry data for EPs.

CMS requires EPs and EHs to register their intent to report public health data with their state public health agency.  The Division of Public Health has a registration website available for EPs and EHs to meet this requirement.  EPs and EHs must register intent no later than the 60th day from the start of their EHR reporting period.  Please see the Public Health MU reporting information for additional guidelines.

Upon completion of registration, an acknowledgement of registration is displayed on the website that the EP or EH can print out as evidence of meeting the registration requirement.  A follow up e-mail from the Division of Public Health addressed to the contacts identified during registration will be sent that includes additional instructions to begin onboarding for submission of the public health data for which the EP or EH has registered for.  EPs and EHs are required by CMS to register separately for each public health reporting measure they intend to report to meet MU requirements.