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August 31, 2016

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 2015 ATTESTATION CUT-OFF DEADLINE

If you have received the e-mail stating, "Our preliminary review has been completed.  You are now invited to complete the application/attestation to Medicaid", you have MET the attestation deadline 05/31/16 requirement for program year 2015.  Please continue with your attestation as normal.

If you have NOT received this e-mail and wish to attest to program year 2015, please contact us immediately to discern the status of your attestation.  We want to ensure you are able to attest to program year 2015, if you wish to do so.

On 05/31/16, the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Team will be working until 8 p.m. MST to ensure all attestations are approved as necessary.  If you encounter a problem from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on 05/31/16, please contact us so we are able to readily resolve your concern.  

The PY 2015 tail-period has officially been extended through May 31, 2016.  This will allow EPs additional time to attest to the modified attestation objectives.  The tail-period will return to March 31 of each following year for PY 2016 and beyond.  Please check back for updated information or contact the EHR Incentives Program Help Desk at the above contact information.

PUBLIC HEALTH REPORTING REGISTRATION

Public Health Reporting requirements include ongoing submission of electronic laboratory results for re-portable diseases and conditions, emergency department syndromic surveillance, 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.

SKIPPING AIU ATTESTATION

CMS is allowing EPs who have not attested to AIU or any other phase of the program, to attest to their first year of MU but receive a $21,250 payment instead of the $8,500 MU payment (only through Medicaid.)  The provider would skip AIU and go straight to MU without being financially penalized for not participating in AIU, thus allowing the EP to meet the deadline for participating in MU without a Medicare payment adjustment/withhold penalty.  You must call the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program at (208) 332-7989 to see if you would qualify to skip AIU.