Meaningful Use

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for 2018

Eligible hospitals and eligible professionals (EPs) that attest directly to a state for the state’s Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program will continue to attest to the measures and objectives as finalized in the 2015 EHR Incentive Programs Final Rule (80 FR 62762 through 62955).

To access the 2018 Modified Stage 2 program requirements specific to eligible hospitals and EPs attesting to their state’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, click here.

To access the Stage 3 program requirements specific to eligible hospitals and EPs attesting to their state’s Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, click here.

Background

In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to encourage Eligible Professionals (EPs), Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU), and demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT).

The EHR Incentive Programs consist of three stages:

  • Stage 1 set the foundation for the EHR Incentive Programs by establishing requirements for the electronic capture of clinical data, including providing patients with electronic copies of health information.
  • Stage 2 expanded upon the Stage 1 criteria with a focus on advancing clinical processes and ensuring the continuous quality improvement at the point of care and the exchange of information in the most structured format possible.
  • In October 2015, CMS released a final rule that modified Stage 2 to ease reporting requirements and align with other quality reporting programs. The final rule also established Stage 3 in 2017 and beyond, which focuses on using CEHRT to improve health outcomes.

NOTE: The Medicare EHR Incentive Program for returning eligible professionals (EPs) ended with the 2016 reporting period. Starting in 2017, Medicare eligible clinicians will report to the Quality Payment Program .

Information on the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals can be at CMS.gov

Important Dates to Remember

Reporting Period 
  • For 2018, the EHR reporting period for all participants is a minimum of any continuous 90 days from January 1 through December 31, 2018.
Attestation
  • Check the Landing page for up-to-date information on the attestation deadline.

Registration and Attestation

How to Participate in the EHR Incentive Programs

Are you ready to register and/or attest? Visit the Registration and Attestation page and review these checklists to help you prepare to participate.

The Electronic Health Record (EHR) Information Center is open to assist you with all of your registration and attestation system inquiries. EHR Information Center Hours of Operation:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

1-888-734-6433* (primary number) *(press option 1) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number)

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