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August 18, 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 2017 Changes

For program year 2017, changes have been made to the CQM requirements. Providers are now required to report on 6 of 53 CQMs with no domain requirements. The number of objectives has also changed for Stage 3 only. Providers in Stage 3 are now required to attest to 8 objectives instead of the previous 10. Please read our updated EP User Manual located under the ‘Attestation and Certification’ section for detailed information.

PY 2017 EHR Reporting Periods

For all providers, regardless of stage, the reporting period for MU objectives and CQMs is any continuous 90-day period up to a maximum of one year. The two reporting periods for MU objectives and CQMs do not have to be the same. The reporting period(s) must fall within the program year in which the provider is attesting.  

PY 2017 Attestation Deadline

The deadline for EPs and EHs to attest to the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for PY 2017 is March 31st, 2018.  EPs and EHs will have until midnight MST on March 31st to ensure registrations to attest for PY 2017 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.

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. 

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.v

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 acknowledgment 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 on-boarding 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.