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) Program

The Medicaid Eligible Professional Program (EP2) is a New York State Department of Health (DOH) initiative providing outreach, 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.


Promoting Health Information Exchange (HIE) for Medicaid MU & PCMH Providers

NYeC offers various support service programs to help providers reach their HIE potential through Promoting Interoperability (formerly known as Meaningful Use) education, EHR utilization and optimization, and practice transformation. All of these services enable providers with the skills to become participants in the state’s public health information exchange, the Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY).

Please join us on Monday, September 24th at Templeton Landing to learn more about our provider programs including the Medicaid Eligible Professional Program (EP2)New York State Patient-Centered Medical Home (NYS PCMH)Data Exchange Incentive Program (DEIP), and SHIN-NY Connections Initiative (SCI). We look forward to seeing you there!


Eligibility

The EP2 program is only open to providers who started participating in the New York Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in 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
  • Dentists
  • Physician Assistants (PAs) who practice in a Federal Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
  • Pediatricians*

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

Readiness Assessment

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

  • Workflow analysis and redesign
  • Project management
  • Staff training and education

Audit Readiness and Preparation

Helping to ensure your practice has all the documentation needed in case of an audit

HIE Connectivity

Assistance in facilitating HIE enrollment in local Qualified Entity (QE)

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 four phases:

  1. Successful attestation for Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 2
  2. Successful attestation for subsequent years of Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 2
  3. Successful attestation for Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 3
  4. Successful attestation for subsequent years of Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 3

Participation Benefits

Eligible providers could receive up to $34,000 in incentive payments ($8,500 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.

2017 Promoting Interoperability (Formerly Meaningful Use) Measures

Objective 1:

Protect Patient Health Information

Objective 2:

Clinical Decision Support (CDS)

Objective 3:

Computer Provider Order Entry (CPOE)

Objective 4:

Electronic Prescribing (eRx)

Objective 5:

Health Information Exchange

Objective 6:

Patient-Specific Education

Objective 7:

Medication Reconciliation

Objective 8:

Patient Electronic Access

Objective 9:

Secure Messaging

Objective 10:

Public Health Reporting

Medicaid Eligible Professional (EP2) Informational Webinar

Learn more about EP2 program and how to get started.

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Contact Us

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)

Website: www.nycreach.org
Email: pcip@health.nyc.gov
Phone: 347-396-4888

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*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%.