For Immediate Release
January 9, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Eligible Hospitals Can Now Apply for Payment Agreement
for Incorporating Meaningful Use of EHRs

CMS Incentive Payments Available Through Health Information Technology (HIT)

TOPEKA, Kan. – To receive incentive payments for program year 2011, eligible hospitals can now apply for Electronic Health Record (EHR) payments  through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange (HIT/HIE) website. KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance is responsible for implementing this Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive program in Kansas.

“This start date for hospitals to apply for their federal payment agreement means that those eligible hospitals that invested in meaningful use of electronic health records will be able to begin receiving payments from the federal government. This is a major milestone in implementing HIT/HIE in the State of Kansas. The use of EHRs greatly contributes to the safety of patients, as health care providers using EHRs will have the ability to access timely, vital information about their patients’ medical history to help follow up on or continue treatment received from previous providers,” said Kari Bruffett, Division Director for Health Care Finance.

Simply put, “meaningful use” means providers need to show they’re using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in quality and in quantity. Meaningful use criteria include enrolling in the Kansas Immunization Registry (KSWebIZ).

Eligible hospitals can now apply for EHR payments online at:  http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/hite/default.htm or on the Kansas Medical Assistance Program (KMAP) website at: https://www.kmap-state-ks.us/ The attestation process payments for program year 2011 ends Jan. 31, and no delays to hospital EHR incentives are expected because of the new January 2012 attestation start date. KDHE expects that attestations received by Jan. 31 will be fully processed and subsequent payments will be disbursed by April 30.

What does this mean for Eligible Professionals?

As was previously planned, eligible professionals (EPs) will be able to apply for incentive payments in Kansas beginning February 2012.  The program year for EPs ends with the calendar year, and EPs have a 90-day grace period to attest on the prior program year.  Thus, EPs will be able to attest on program year 2011 through March 31, 2012.  KDHE expects that attestations received by March 31, 2012 will be fully processed and subsequent payments will disbursed by April 30, 2012.

Collaboration with Health Care Providers – Webinar Jan. 11

KDHE has offered a series of webinars to address the Kansas Medicaid Incentive Program. The Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange (HIT/HIE) Initiative Webinar #5: “Eligible Hospitals – Application Assistance/MAPIR Overview” will be presented Wednesday,  Jan. 11 from noon to 1 p.m. This is the fifth in a series of webinars that KDHE’s DHCF will be presenting on the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. Individuals that may apply for EHR Incentives on behalf a hospital should attend this webinar presentation.

To access the webinar, go to: https://insidenci.webex.com/insidenci/j.php?ED=178198287&UID=0&RT=MiM3, this meeting does not require a password. You will also need to dial into the audio portion of the webinar: Dial-in Phone Number: (866) 227 – 0668, Conference Code: 202 - 481 –8350. This Jan. 11 session will include background  and information on applying for the Kansas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, information on using the MAPIR system and general information on technical assistance, resources and next steps.

For additional program information, visit: http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/hite/default.htm.