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Promoting Interoperability Program

(formerly known as the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, aka Meaningful Use)

2019 Program Requirements for Kansas Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) renamed the EHR Incentive Programs to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs in April, 2018, to continue the agency’s focus on improving patients’ access to health information and reducing the time and cost required of providers to comply with the programs’ requirements. CMS is also in the process of finalizing updates to the programs through rule making. For more information, visit the link to external website landing page where CMS publishes updates and additional resources as soon as they are available.

In October 2015, CMS released a link to external website final rule that specified criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule’s provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.

On August 14, 2017, CMS published the Fiscal Year 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Final Rule, which contains several changes that directly affect the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (now called Promoting Interoperability Programs). Click here for the This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open. CMS overview of the changes to the incentive programs as a result of this Rule.

What you should know about 2019 Promoting Interoperability

  • 2016 was the last year to begin your participation and earn incentives. EPs can earn incentives for a total of six years through 2021; the participation years do NOT have to be consecutive. EPs who have not previously participated in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program prior to 2017 are not eligible to earn the incentives.
  • Providers must attest to Stage 3 objectives and measures for 2019 using 2015 Edition CEHRT.
  • For 2019, the EHR reporting period for all participants is a minimum of any continuous 90 days from January 1 through December 31, 2019.
  • EPs must also report a minimum of link to external website 6 Clinical Quality Measures. As stated in CMS’s This document requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to open. Overview of CQM Reporting Requirements, EPs must use the full calendar year for the reporting period for Clinical Quality Measures.