When can I participate in the incentive program?

Eligible professionals (EPs) must register and begin receiving incentive payments by calendar year 2016; final payment can be received up to 2021. EPs are permitted to skip year(s) of participation, even after 2016.

Eligible hospitals (EHs) must register and begin receiving incentive payments by calendar year 2016; final payment can be received up to 2018 in Texas. Hospitals can skip years until 2016; after that, participation in the incentive program must be sequential (cannot skip years of participation).

Where can I find the list of definitions, terms, and acronyms?

As with any new program, there are many terms and acronyms that are confusing until you begin to use them every day. We have created a Glossary to help you navigate this new verbiage.

What does the State plan on doing with regards to EHR IP for Physician Assistants who independently own clinics and see more than 90% of Medicaid patients, both adults and pediatrics but are not qualified for the incentive program?

The restrictions on PA participation in the EHR Incentive Program are set by federal law. The State does not have the authority to allow changes to the requirements set by Congress. Unfortunately, the federal regulations do not allow independent PAs to qualify for incentives.

If you are not an eligible professional type approved to participate in either the Medicare or Medicaid EHR incentive programs, you should not be subject to the Medicare meaningful use payment reductions. This tip sheet may be helpful:

How do the payments change if a provider enrolls after the initial startup year?

The incentive program runs from 2011 to 2021. In order for a provider to receive the maximum amount of incentives, he/she must be enrolled in the program, meet Meaningful Use criteria and receive first year payments by 2016 (year one - $21,250; Years 2-6 -- $8,500 / year). If a provider does not enroll by 2016, he/she is not eligible for any incentives.

How do I determine whether an EHR system has been approved for the incentive program?

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of EHR systems that have been tested and certified. To determine the certification of a particular EHR, go to: http://onc-chpl.force.com/ehrcert/. The list is updated regularly, so check back if you don’t see your EHR on the list.