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Updates to the NC Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program

Friday, February 1, 2019

Program Reminders

There are only three months left to submit an attestation for Program Year 2018.

Providers have until Apr. 30, 2019 to submit a complete and accurate attestation for Program Year 2018. After that, no changes can be made. Attestations submitted by Feb. 28, 2019 are guaranteed to be reviewed by program staff prior to the close of Program Year 2018. Attestations submitted between Mar. 1, 2019 and Apr. 30, 2019 are not guaranteed to be reviewed by program staff prior to close of Program Year 2018.

In Program Year 2018, providers have the option to attest to Modified Stage 2 Meaningful Use (MU) or Stage 3 MU. For objective and measure requirements, providers should refer to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Specification Sheets.

Click here for CMS’ Modified Stage 2 MU Specification Sheets
Click here for CMS’ Stage 3 MU Specification Sheets

When attesting in Program Year 2018, an eligible professional’s (EP) Promoting Interoperability (PI) reporting period must be from calendar year 2018 and may be any continuous 90-day period or full calendar year in which a provider successfully demonstrates MU of certified EHR technology (CEHRT).

Providers who were paid for Program Year 2017 using a 90-day patient volume reporting period from calendar year 2017, may use the same patient volume reporting period to attest for Program Year 2018.

The attestation guides are updated each year, so providers are encouraged to use the updated attestation guide every year they attest. The attestation guides may be found on the right-hand side of NC-MIPS.

EPs who attested with another state should email NCMedicaid.HIT@dhhs.nc.gov prior to attesting for Program Year 2018.

For those practices unsure if a new provider can participate in the NC Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in Program Year 2018, please email the provider’s NPI to NCMedicaid.HIT@dhhs.nc.gov and program staff will determine if the provider previously attested with another practice. As a reminder, EPs must have successfully participated in a Medicaid EHR Incentive Program at least once before the end of Program Year 2016 to be eligible to participate in program years 2017 to 2021.

Visit the program website for more information.

For assistance, please email the NC Medicaid EHR Incentive Program’s dedicated help desk at NCMedicaid.HIT@dhhs.nc.gov. Help desk hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Program Year 2019 Announcements

All EPs attesting in Program Year 2019 will be required to attest to Stage 3 MU and will be required to use a 2015 Edition of certified EHR technology.

CMS has updated its Promoting Interoperability Program website with Program Year 2019 information and details including the 2019 Medicaid Eligible Professional specification sheets.

For more information, visit https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/2019ProgramRequirementsMedicaid.html.

Program Year 2019 clinical quality measures are available for review on the eCQI website.

Author: 
NC Medicaid EHR Incentive Program