ehr incentive program screenKentucky REC has compiled information and resources for participants in the 2017 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in order to help you navigate Meaningful Use for Eligible Providers.

We are hosting two webinars this month to address pressing Meaningful Use issues:

Thursday 8/24/2017 at 12-1 p.m. ET: MU Hard to Reach Objectives: HIE and PH Reporting Options
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Wednesday 8/30/2017 at 12-1 p.m. ET: MU Hard to Reach Objectives: Patient Electronic Access and Electronic Messaging
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Important Meaningful Use Facts and Deadlines:

  • For all returning participants and all new participants, the EHR reporting period is a minimum of any continuous 90 days between January 1 and December 31, 2017.
  • The 2017 Meaningful Use attestation deadline is March 31, 2018.
  • To avoid the 2018 Medicare payment adjustment, first time participants must attest by October 1, 2017.
  • Providers can attest to Modified Stage 2 objectives and measures using 2014 and/or 2015 EHR technology certified.
  • Providers attesting to Stage 3 objectives and measures must use 2015 EHR technology certified.
  • Providers must be signed up for 2 Public Health options within 60 days after the start of the EHR reporting period.
  • If the provider does not give immunizations, they will not be able to count Immunization Registry as one of the public health options.

IPPS Final Rule Changes for Meaningful Use:

  • 2018 EHR reporting period changed to any continuous 90-day during the 2018 calendar year.
  • CMS is releasing a new hardship exception from the Medicare payment adjustments for EPs, EH, CAHs due to vendor certification being decertified under ONCs HIT program.
  • CMS is allowing healthcare providers to use either 2014 Edition CEHRT, 2015 Edition CEHRT, or a combination of 2014 Edition and 2015 Edition CEHRT, for an EHR reporting period in 2018. Providers will have the choice to attest to either Modified Stage 2 or Stage 3.
  • Clinical Quality Measures will be changed to any continuous 90-day period during the calendar year and will be aligned with MIPS.


Here is a helpful listing of highlights of the CMS fact sheet and changes for EPs.

Health IT has published an excellent resource for how to implement training and get patients engaged on the patient portal. You can read and download it here.

KHIE has a Direct Email Catalog for Health Information Exchange (HIE) available here.

You can read the complete IPPS final rule here.

Transition to MIPS Hardship Application

Per the CMS EHR website, this hardship application is available for first time EPs in the EHR Incentive Program. If you have previously participated in the EHR Incentive Program, you are not eligible for this one-time hardship exemption.

If an EP meets the criteria for this one-time exception to the 2018 EHR Incentive Program payment adjustment, the EP must submit the 2017 Eligible Professionals Transitioning to MIPS Hardship application no later than October 1, 2017.

Our experts are here to help you navigate Meaningful Use, MIPS, HIPAA and other issues facing health care providers. Call us at 859-323-3090 to learn more.