Electronic Health Records (EHR)
Medicare providers who have not attested to meaningful use are subject to the upcoming Medicare payment adjustments. Eligible hospitals must apply for a hardship exception by April 1, 2014 or attest to meaningful use by July 1, 2014 to avoid Medicare payment adjustments starting October 1, 2014. Eligible professionals must apply for a hardship exception by July 1, 2014 or attest to meaningful use by October 1, 2014 to avoid Medicare payment adjustments starting January 1, 2015. More information regarding Medicare payment adjustments and the hardship exception application can be found at the following link: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/PaymentAdj_Hardship.html
HIT/HIE Initiative Webinar Series
Webinar: Review of Meaningful Use Stage 2 Regulation Changes and Other Impacts to the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for 2014
EHR CMS Changes and Program Update: Webinar PowerPoint
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program – Eligible Providers – Review of CMS Changes to the Program. Click here for Webinar information. This webinar will be conducted to review CMS changes to the EHR Incentive Payment Program regarding Meaningful Use.
CMS recently announced some changes to the Stage 1 meaningful use objectives, measures, and exclusions for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs), and critical access hospitals (CAHs).
Some of these changes will take effect as early as October 1, 2012, for eligible hospitals and CAHs, or January 1, 2013, for EPs. Other Stage 1 changes will not take effect until the 2014 fiscal or calendar year and will be optional in 2013.
CMS recently published a final rule that specifies the Stage 2 criteria that EPs, EHs, and CAHs must meet in order to continue to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
Additional information can be found in the CMS Background – Resources section below
- KDHE issues $46.6M in first year of Medicaid EHR Program
- Kansas Hospitals to Receive First Payments through Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
Eligible Hospitals: click here to start the application.
Eligible Professionals: click here to start application.
To facilitate the deployment of health information technology and exchange, Congress has authorized incentive payments for Medicare and Medicaid providers for the "meaningful use" of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. KDHE's Division of Health Care Finance, as the single state Medicaid agency in Kansas, is responsible for implementing this incentive program in Kansas. KDHE began accepting Medicaid EHR incentive applications in January 2012.
CMS Background - Resources:
KDHE Background - Resources:
On October 27, 2010 KDHE received federal approval of its plan to administer incentive funding for Kansas Medicaid providers to assist them in acquiring and implementing HIT and HIE. Additional information is available in State Medicaid HIT Plan (SMHP).
Meaningful Use - Background
CMS has adopted a three-stage approach for providers to achieve meaningful use of electronic health records. Read a summary of the Stage 1 or Stage 2 requirements. |
EHR Eligible Professional Meaningful Use Core and Menu Set Measures |
EHR Eligible Hospital and CAH Meaningful Use Core Objectives and Menu Set Objectives |
Stage 1 vs. Stage 2 Comparison Table for Eligible Professionals |
Stage 1 vs. Stage 2 Comparison Table for Eligible Hospitals and CAHs |
Notable Differences between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs |
Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Decision Tool
Medicaid EHR Incentives - Registration
Effective Jan. 3, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began accepting registration from Eligible Providers and Eligible Hospitals interested in participating in the EHR Incentive Program. Click here for the registration user guide and additional information. Eligible Providers must first register with CMS into the National Level Repository (NLR) and then register with the State of Kansas.