Beginning in 2011, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were established to encourage eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU), and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology. The EHR Incentive Program is now only available for Medicaid participants.
If you did not enter the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program by 2016, you cannot participate.
The Medicare EHR Incentive Program is no longer available. Eligible Medicare participants have moved on to the MACRA program.
INSTRUCTION GUIDE: Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
2021 OBJECTIVES AND MEASURES2021 Promoting Interoperability Objectives and Measures - CMS
*Note: In 2021 the EHR reporting period is a minimum of any continuous 90 days between January 1 and July 31, 2021.
CLINICAL QUALITY MEASURES:Reporting Requirements for 2021 (CMS)
Note: eCQMs are required for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and can be reported via attestation or electronically. A full year of reporting is required.
CLINICAL SUMMARY:Required Information for Meaningful Use (Action, 2011)
PATIENT ONLINE ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS:Patient Access to Their Health Info: HIPAA, Meaningful Use (E-Tips, 2016)How to Meet Mandate for Patients’ Online Access to Medical Records (Action, 2015)
PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES: Public Health Reporting Options - DSHS
SECURITY RISK ANALYSIS: Top 10 Myths of Security Risk Analysis - HealthIT.govSecurity Risk Analysis Tipsheet: Protect Patients' Health Information - CMSSecurity Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool - HealthIT.gov
SYNDROMIC SURVEILLANCE DATA:Guidelines for Submitting Syndromic Surveillance Data in Texas for Promoting Interoperability - Texas DSHS
REGISTRATION AND ATTESTATION: Steps for Attestation for the Texas Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) contracts with an independent audit firm to conduct audits of Texas Medicaid EHR Incentive/PI Program payments. HHSC could audit you in the future. Here are some things to know to prepare your practice.
Articles and Resources:
Audit and Review Process (HHSC)
Attestation Documentation Guidance - CMS
Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool - ONC
Electronic Patient Engagement Tools: A Guide for Physicians - TMA whitepaper, 2016
Enhancing Patient-Centered Communication and Collaboration by Using the EHR in the Exam Room - The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) 2013
Here are the latest comment letters from TMA:
TMA Comment Letter to the ONC Re: USCDI v2 (April 15, 2021)
TMA Letter to the FCC Re: COVID-19 Telehealth Program Application Evaluation Metrics (Jan. 14, 2021)
TMA Comment Letter to CMS on Payer APIs and Medicaid CHIP Prior Authorization Proposed Rule (Jan. 4, 2021) Read the TMT article.
TMA Comment Letter to CMS Re: Medicare Program; CY 2021 Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies of Proposed Rulemaking (Oct. 5, 2020)
TMA’s Comment Letter on the CMS Electronic Prescribing for Controlled Substances (EPCS) Request for Information (Sept. 25, 2020)
TMA Comment Letter to the DEA Re: Interim Final Rule on E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) (June 22, 2020)
TMA Comment Letter to the OIG Re: Anti Kickback Statute (Dec. 31, 2019)
TMA Comment Letter to CMS Re: Stark Law (Dec. 31, 2019)
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Read the most recent articles on the EHR Incentive Program.
Security Risk Assessment for HIPAA — and Medicare/Medicaid? (E-Tips, 2017)
New Form Required for All Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Participants (Action, 2017)
Year-End Checklist for Meaningful Use (Action, 2016)
Get Started on Your HIPAA Security Risk Assessment (Action, 2016)
Check Your Meaningful Use Data (Action, 2016)
TMA Resource: Electronic Patient Engagement Tools (Action, 2016)
Tips for Acing a Meaningful Use Audit (E-Tips, 2015)
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Got Medicaid EHR Incentive Program questions? Call or email the HIT Helpline.
This is the final year of the Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive/Promoting Interoperability Program.
The deadline to attest for program year 2021 is August 1, 2021.
Eligible professionals have until then to complete and submit an attestation to qualify for an incentive payment.
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