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Minnesota EHR Incentive Program (MEIP)
State Medicaid programs are establishing Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs under the provisions of the HITECH Act. These programs provide incentive payments to certain health care professionals and hospitals that meet specific eligibility requirements when they adopt, implement, upgrade and meaningfully use certified EHR technology (CEHRT). In Minnesota, DHS will administer the Minnesota EHR Incentive Program (MEIP). To be eligible for MEIP, health care professionals and hospitals must fall within the defined classifications and meet minimum Medicaid Patient Volume (MPV) thresholds.
Since Jan. 1, 2013, the Minnesota Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program (MEIP) accepts Optometrists as eligible professionals.
The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) instituted a policy change in the Stage 2 Meaningful Use regulations. The change allows providers who practice in prisons and jails to receive incentive payments through the Meaningful Use Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. In the new rule providers are eligible for incentives when 30 percent of the provider encounters are with Medicaid enrolled patients (as opposed to encounters paid by Medicaid, as was the previous requirement).To meet this current requirement the prison’s or jail’s host state must suspend, rather than terminate, inmate Medicaid eligibility upon incarceration.
For more information, see CMS document, ‘How Your Agency Can Receive Financial Incentives For Using Electronic Health Records’ and the CMS EHR Incentive Programs web page.
Eligible professionals and hospitals must also meet meaningful useobjectives and measures, some of which have exclusions based on number of encounters or a provider’s scope of practice. Minimally, a meaningful user of certified EHR technology must meet these three requirements:
The final rule on Stage 1 meaningful use criteria was released on July 28, 2010. It outlines in greater detail what participating providers will need to do to qualify for the Medicaid EHR incentive payments. On Feb. 23, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the Stage 2 Final Rule requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. In Stage 2, CMS expands the requirements of certified EHR technology and includes some changes to Stage 1, such as a patient portal which is also required for Stage 2.
The CMS EHR Incentive Program site provides more information on Meaningful Use.
Key Milestones to Date
Refer to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website for eHealth Events for more information.
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