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Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

Electronic Health Record (EHR)
Incentive Program

The official web page for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Arkansas providers

Page Contents

Arkansas Incentive Payment Team (AIPT)
EHR Bulletins
Overview
User Guides
Helpful Links

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.

The Arkansas Incentive Payment Team

EHR Bulletins

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
Updated 3/14/14
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 aipt@hpe.com.

HealthIT.gov
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.

Overview

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:

Certification
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:

Meaningful Use
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).

User Guides

MAPIR EP User Guide (Word, new window)
MAPIR EH User Guide (Word, new window)

Helpful Links

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)