Medical Assistance Health Information Technology Initiative

Technology has the potential to transform our health care delivery system and improve the quality of care for the patients we serve.  Tools such as electronic health records and a health information exchange, will increase a provider's access to their patient's medical information and will also provide for more efficient information sharing, reducing error rates, and the overall cost of care. Health information technology is now an integral part of a long-term solution for improving the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

The Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Payment Program was created by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and administered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  This program provides funding to states to develop and administer provider incentive programs.

UPDATES:

CMS Technical Resources -Stage 2 to Stage 3 MU Measures and Objectives Comparison Tool

Since the Stage 2 Final Rule was released there have been a number of changes to the meaningful use (MU) objectives and measures. To support providers and their stakeholders in understanding these changes a new MU stage comparison tool has been developed. The tool highlights how the MU objectives have evolved from stage 2 to modified stage 2 to stage 3, including changes reflected in the OPPS final rule. In addition to describing the MU requirement changes, a timeline is presented that includes key dates and deadlines associated with the MU stages and associated program years.

As always, if you have questions about the program you can email us at RA-MAHEALTHIT@pa.gov
 
Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR) SystemMAPIR is now accepting Program Year 2017 Applications. The Meaningful Use (MU) EHR reporting period (including the CQM reporting period) is a minimum of any continuous 90-days between January 1 and December 31, 2017.

DOH Public Health Measure Declaration of Readiness - This Declaration of Readiness document outlines the four registries available for the HIT Incentive Program (Immunization, Syndromic Surveillance, Cancer and Lab), who they are accepting data from, contact information and requirements. This document will provide the documentation providers and hospitals will need to support their participation or their exclusion from these measures. If you have any questions, please email us at ra-mahealthit@pa.gov.

IMPORTANT APPLICATION DATES

Pennsylvania Medicaid EHR Incentive Program 
 
The deadline to submit Program Year 2016 applications was Wednesday May, 31, 2017 at 11:59PM. Please contact us right away at RA-MAHEALTHIT@PA.GOV if you have problems with a 2016 application.
 
Moving forward, hospitals can no longer skip years and remain eligible for the program. You must participate in each year. The MA EHR Incentive Program will continue through 2021. 
 
Audits - Another component to the Electronic Health Record Incentive program that has begun is Audits. There is information in the Provider Manuals on this process (beginning on page 22 in the EP Provider Manual and on page 23 in the EH Provider Manual). The Department of Human Services is committed to administering a high-quality and efficient health information technology program and part of this process will include audits. If you are chosen for an audit, you will be notified and more details will be provided. Thank you for your cooperation. 
 
To learn more about this program, select from the options below:

Background/Summary of the Medical Assistance Health Information Technology Electronic Health Records Program - This section includes supporting documents that provide more details about the program.

Frequently Asked Questions — This is a summary of the questions/answers pertaining to the Medical Assistance Health Information Technology program.

Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository Resources, or MAPIR. Here are user guides and applications to assist with applying for the program. There are also calculators to assist you with calculating patient volume and a payment calculator for hospitals.

Meaningful Use - This section provides links to documents that include details about Meaningful Use measures and requirements.

eHealth Pod Pilot Program - This pilot project was initiated to help support Behavior Health and Long Term Care providers ability to use their health IT to connect electronically with other providers.

Resources - This section provides links to websites and presentations that provide more information on the Medical Assistance Health Information Technology program.

Contact Us -  Located here is the contact information as well as ways to keep informed about the progress of the program.