Promoting Interoperability (Formerly Meaningful Use) & The Medicaid Eligible Professional Program (EP2)
What is the Promoting Interoperability Program (Formerly Meaningful Use)?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS)’s Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly Meaningful Use and the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program), provides financial incentives to providers if they use an EHR to capture patient data, coordinate care of the patient, ePrescribe, and engage with patients via their ONC-certified EHR technology.
How can NYeC help? About the Medicaid Eligible Professional Program (EP2)
The Medicaid Eligible Professional Program (EP2) is a New York State Department of Health (DOH) initiative providing assistance and support services for achieving Promoting Interoperability Program (formerly Meaningful Use) objectives.
The NYeC HAPS team and our skilled subcontractors strategically positioned throughout New York State provide services to assist providers in achieving the various stages of Promoting Interoperability.
NYeC has assisted over 5,000 providers in preparing for and attesting to the various stages of Meaningful Use since the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program began in 2011. Our efforts have contributed to over 42,000 incentive payments disbursed to almost 19,000 healthcare providers across New York State, totaling over $1 billion EHR incentive payments.
What's New & Important Dates
NYS DOH MPV Pre-Validation March 15 – June 11, 2021
Program Year 2021 Soft-Opening April 1, 2021
The PY2021 soft-opening period eligibility is on a rolling basis. Once the provider has met the requirements below, they will be eligible to participate in the soft-opening:
- No pending payments from previous payment years
- All program year 2021 metrics and pre-requisites have been met
- Established an MPV reporting period
PY 2021 Security Risk Assessment Overview
Date: Thursday, April 22 - 1:00-2:00pm
Description: We will discuss what constitutes, or defines, a security risk analysis and the importance of conducting this analysis to identify and mitigate risks. We will then review resources and other related information as part of a practice’s next step to implementing a security risk assessment plan and discuss the SRA changes for PY2021 and how to apply them in MEIPASS.
Health Information Exchange Success For PY 2021 and Beyond
Date: Wednesday, May 12 - 11:00am-12:00pm
Description: We will be taking an in-depth look at objective 7 health information exchange. We will go through each of the measures, highlighting tips and tricks for successfully passing the objective. Then we’ll review the role health information exchange plays beyond the NY Medicaid EHR incentive program.
The EP2 program is only open to providers who started participating and received an initial payment in the New York Medicaid EHR Incentive Program prior to December 31, 2016. Providers are eligible if they have active New York State Medicaid Fee-For-Service program status and meet the 30% patient encounter volume threshold as defined by CMS.
The following types of medical professionals are eligible to participate:
- Physicians (MD and DO), including Specialists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Certified Nurse-Midwives
- Physician Assistants (PAs) who practice in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Providers who attest to the Medicaid patient encounter volume requirement, using either the standard or alternative patient volume methods in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Payment Administrative Support Service (MEIPASS), would be eligible to qualify to participate in the Medicaid EP2 Program.
Medicaid encounter service types include Medicaid Fee-For-Service, Medicaid Managed Care, and Family Health Plus.
Program Service and Assistance
|Service Description||Summary and Comments|
|Ensuring your practice has a certified EHR system that meets all preliminary program qualifications (FFS, volume, ePaces enrollment) in place|
Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Services
|Free direct and remote assistance and services to support successful attestation for all levels of Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use)|
Education, Training, and Support
Audit Readiness and Preparation
|Helping to ensure your practice has all the documentation needed in case of an audit|
|Assistance in facilitating HIE enrollment in local Qualified Entity (QE)|
To ensure providers receive the best service and support needed to achieve Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) objectives each year, NYeC has partnered with technical agents who are strategically placed throughout New York State:
Phases of Achievement and Program Milestones
NYeC will support practices to certify milestone achievements per eligible provider. Supporting documentation is required to demonstrate achievement of each of these phases:
- Successful attestation for Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 3
- Successful attestation for subsequent years of Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 3
Eligible providers could receive up to $8,500 in incentive payments for each participation year through the New York Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. There are no penalties under Medicaid for failure to participate in all years of the program. Participation years do not need to be consecutive. The last year to receive incentive payment is 2021.
Stage 3 Promoting Interoperability (Formerly Meaningful Use) Measures
|Objective 1:||Protect Patient Health Information|
|Objective 2:||Electronic Prescribing (eRx)|
|Objective 3:||Clinical Decision Support (CDS)|
|Objective 4:||Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE)|
|Objective 5:||Patient Electronic Access|
|Objective 6:||Coordination of Care|
|Objective 7:||Health Information Exchange|
|Objective 8:||Publlic Health Reporting|
For areas OUTSIDE of New York City (Rest of State), contact NYeC via our contact form or reach out to the EP2 team at EP2Info@nyehealth.org.
For areas within New York City, contact the NYC Regional Electronic Adoption Center for Health (NYC REACH)
*Pediatricians have the reduced option of demonstrating 20-30% Medicaid patient volume, but will only receive 2/3 the incentive payment when their percentage is below 30%.