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.

What's New & Important Dates

There are a number of upcoming deadlines and important dates for EP2 participants. See below for a complete list of dates to keep track of.

PLEASE BE ADVISED - 

To meet 2019 Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting requirements, providers must complete their registration of intent in the Meaningful Use Registration for Public Health (MURPH) System. The final day to do this is December 1, 2019.

Note: Only one registration is required. If you previously completed your registration in MURPH, then you do not need to submit a new registration. You may edit an existing registration as necessary.


Upcoming Webinars

Public Health Reporting

Wednesday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m.

This webinar is designed to help providers participating in the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, a CMS Promoting Interoperability Program, understand the Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements for the public health reporting objective.

eCQM Overview 2019

Tuesday, October 29 at 9:30 a.m.

This presentation discusses programs that require eCQM reporting and reviews the alignment between these requirements across programs.


Preparing for NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Audits

Thursday, November 14 at 12:00 p.m.

This webinar will highlight everything you need to know about audits for the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, a CMS Promoting Interoperability program so you can feel confident and prepared throughout the attestation and audit process.

Pre-Attestation Administrative Process

Wednesday, December 4 at 11:00 a.m.

During this presentation we will be reviewing program eligibility and prerequisite requirements and guidelines, as well as discussing strategies and best practices for preparing to attest.


Eligibility

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
  • Dentists
  • Physician Assistants (PAs) who practice in a Federally 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)

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 four phases:

  • Successful attestation for Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 3
  • Successful attestation for subsequent years of Promoting Interoperability (formerly Meaningful Use) Stage 3

Participation Benefits

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

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

TA Resources: NYeC TAs, please access the Absorb LMS here.

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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%.