The official web page for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Arkansas providers
Arkansas Incentive Payment Team (AIPT)
The AIPT, maintained by the fiscal agent, processes payments and works with providers who are involved in the EHR Incentive Program.
Arkansas’s online system for registration in the program is available and the AIPT can assist providers with eligibility, registration and other program-related questions. To reach the AIPT, call (800) 457-4454 and choose option 4 for the EHR Incentive Payment Assistance Center.
Accepting Program Year 2017 Applications
Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR) System – MAPIR is now accepting Program Year 2017 Applications. The Meaningful Use (MU) EHR reporting period is a minimum of any continuous 90-days between January 1 and December 31, 2017. If this is your first time reporting MU, then you must report 90-days of Clinical Quality Measures (CQM).
If you have already received a payment for meeting MU prior to program year 2017, you must report a full year of Clinical Quality Measures (CQM). You are able to start your application now, however, you will need to wait until January 1, 2018 or later to complete the CQM portion of your application.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Arkansas Incentive Payment Team (AIPT) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
eClinical Works Error Message
Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Professionals who used eClinical Works from August 2016 to December 2016 (attesting to Meaningful Use Objective four and five for Program Year 2016), please see CMS FAQ 6097 regarding certified EHR technology with a flawed method of calculation for Meaningful Use attestation. (HTML, new window).
Certification for EHR Products Revoked
Two EHR products, previously certified as products to be used as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, have had their certifications revoked. View or print the news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Word, new window).
CMS’ EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program’s Stage 2 Patient Volume Requirements
View or print CMS’ Stage 2 Regulations: Patient Volume Changes Tip Sheet (PDF, new window).
If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the AIPT at email@example.com.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC HIT) has launched HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window), to be the leading national resource on health information technology. The website provides extensive EHR support and resources for providers, professionals, patients and families. For more information, visit HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window) today.
About ARRA & EHR
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for state Medicaid programs to offer financial incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) who adopt certified EHR technology.
With widespread, meaningful use of EHRs, states can achieve interoperability in health care technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care.
Arkansas Medicaid provides incentive payments through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Providers are eligible to receive up to $63,750 over a six-year period when they adopt, implement or upgrade to certified EHR technology. Meaningful use will not be addressed in year one.
For more information about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, refer to the following resources:
- Arkansas Medicaid Incentive Payments Basic Facts (PDF, new window)
- CMS EHR Incentive Program Website (HTML, new window)
- CMS EHR Final Rule (PDF, new window)
The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requires the use of certified EHR technology. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has adopted standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.
To qualify for incentive payments, providers must use EHR technology that has been tested and certified by an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). Even if a provider already uses EHR technology, it must be tested and certified by an ONC-ATCB specifically for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
A provider does not need to have certified EHR technology in place to register for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. However, providers must adopt, implement or upgrade to certified EHR technology under the incentive program in order to receive payment. Meaningful use will not be addressed in year one.
For more information about certification, refer to the following resources:
- CMS Certified EHR Technology Website (HTML, new window)
- Certification Number Instructions (PDF, new window)
- Certified Health IT Product List (HTML, new window)
- ONC HIT Certification Program (HTML, new window)
The rule for meaningful use was established by CMS and includes a set of standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.
Meaningful use means providers are using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in terms of quality and quantity. The three components of meaningful use are using EHR technology:
- In a meaningful way, such as e-prescribing.
- For electronically exchanging health information to improve the quality of health care.
- To submit clinical quality measures and other measures.
EPs and EHs do not have to demonstrate meaningful use in their first payment year. They only have to demonstrate that they have adopted, implemented or upgraded to certified EHR technology.
For EPs and EHs to receive payment in the second year of participation, they must demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR for a continuous 90-day period. In subsequent years, the meaningful use reporting period is the entire calendar year.
For more information about meaningful use, refer to the following resource: CMS Meaningful Use Overview (HTML, new window).
CMS Website (HTML, new window)
CMS EHR Incentive Program Website (HTML, new window)
CMS EHR Final Rule (PDF, new window)
HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window)
HITECH NLR ICD for Interface E-7 (Word, new window)
HITArkansas Website (HTML, new window)
ONC HIT Certification Program (HTML, new window)