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Meaningful Use knowledge hub

Explore details of the Meaningful Use program, and get the information you need to achieve Meaningful Use at your organization.

Medicaid Meaningful Use attestation

In order to receive a Medicaid incentive payment, each eligible professional must provide attestation, a legal statement confirming that all Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requirements have been met. The attestation process takes place via an online web portal that's provided by your state Medicaid agency.

First Year Criteria

During the first year of participation in the program, providers can meet the requirements for Medicaid Meaningful Use attestation by simply demonstrating they are able to adopt, implement or upgrade a certified EHR system. This is done by submitting the specific CMS EHR Certification ID of the EHR that's being utilized (available from the Certified Health IT Product List), and by showing that eligibility criteria has been met. The Medicaid incentive payment, per provider, for meeting Year 1 requirements is $21,250. To determine the documentation that's needed for attestation, check with your state's Medicaid agency.

Requirements for the Second and Subsequent Years

After the first year of participation in the program, Medicaid Meaningful Use attestation requires care givers to meet the Meaningful Use objectives, access the web portal and report their results, with an incentive payment of $8,500 per year for each provider who successfully attests (see chart below). Some program objectives have a minimum percentage that providers must meet; others specify an action that must be taken, or an EHR functionality that must be enabled, for the duration of the reporting period.

Required Reporting Periods for Attestation

Since the Medicaid Meaningful Use program is maintained per state, each state can set requirements for reporting period lengths. The details of each state's Medicaid requirements can be accessed via CMS' list of state programs.

Source: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/EHRIP_Eligible_Professionals_Tip_Sheet.pdf#sthash.8dVuz9FX.dpuf

 

Medicaid Meaningful Use Attestation

In order to receive a Medicaid incentive payment, each eligible professional must provide attestation, a legal statement confirming that all Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requirements have been met. The attestation process takes place via an online web portal that's provided by your state Medicaid agency.

 

First Year Criteria

During the first year of participation in the program, providers can meet the requirements for Medicaid Meaningful Use attestation by simply demonstrating they are able to adopt, implement or upgrade a certified EHR system. This is done by submitting the specific CMS EHR Certification ID of the EHR that's being utilized (available from the Certified Health IT Product List), and by showing that eligibility criteria has been met. The Medicaid incentive payment, per provider, for meeting Year 1 requirements is $21,250. To determine the documentation that's needed for attestation, check with your state's Medicaid agency.

 

Requirements for the Second and Subsequent Years

After the first year of participation in the program, Medicaid Meaningful Use attestation requires care givers to meet the Meaningful Use objectives, access the web portal and report their results, with an incentive payment of $8,500 per year for each provider who successfully attests (see chart below). Some program objectives have a minimum percentage that providers must meet; others specify an action that must be taken, or an EHR functionality that must be enabled, for the duration of the reporting period.

 

Required Reporting Periods for Attestation

Since the Medicaid Meaningful Use program is maintained per state, each state can set requirements for reporting period lengths. The details of each state's Medicaid requirements can be accessed via CMS's list of state programs.

 

- See more at: https://www.athenahealth.com/knowledge-hub/meaningful-use/medicaid-meaningful-use-attestation.php#sthash.7Ib7Fj2h.dpuf

Attestation Challenges

Medicaid Meaningful Use attestation places considerable demands on the health provider's EHR system, as well the vendor or company supplying the EHR software or technology.

To ensure all objectives are being met, an EHR system should provide real-time monitoring, as well as the ability to detect trends that indicate when a provider is at risk of falling below any of the required thresholds. When this happens (and it does), the EHR vendor needs to recognize the type of corrective action and/or coaching that's needed, and provide it promptly.

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