For Immediate Release
February 6, 2012

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

Eligible Professionals Can Now Apply for Medicaid Incentive Payments for Electronic Health Records

Providers Can Apply Online at KDHE Website

TOPEKA, Kan. – Providers within the category of “Eligible Professionals” can now apply for Electronic Health Record (EHR) payments through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Health Information Technology and Health Information Exchange (HIT/HIE) website. This is for the purpose of receiving Medicaid incentive payments for the 2011 Kansas Medicaid Incentive Program. KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance is responsible for implementing this Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) incentive program in Kansas.

Professionals include physicians, pediatricians, providers in Federally Qualified Health Centers and rural clinics, provider office staff, certified registered nurse practitioners, midwives, dentists and other clinicians.

“Kansas health professionals who have invested in meaningful use of electronic health records can apply for incentive payments from the federal government. It is a major milestone in implementing HIT/HIE in the State of Kansas," said Kari Bruffett, Division Director for Health Care Finance. "The use of EHRs contributes to the safety of patients."

Simply put, “meaningful use” means providers need to show that 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).

Providers must first register on the national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Registration and Attestation website at: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/20_RegistrationandAttestation.asp.  Once that is complete, eligible professionals can apply for Kansas Medicaid 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 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. KDHE expects that attestations received by March 31 will be fully processed and subsequent payments will disbursed by April 30.

KDHE has offered a series of webinars to address the Kansas Medicaid Incentive Program. The HIT/HIE Initiative Webinar #6: “Eligible Professionals – Application Assistance/MAPIR Overview” will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 8  from noon to 1 p.m. This is the sixth in a series of EHR incentive webinars.

To access the webinar, go to: https://insidenci.webex.com/insidenci/j.php?ED=179163502&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 Feb. 8 session will include 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.