The latest Learning Opportunities.pdf information.
It is anticipated that the MAPIR application system will be available for Program Year 2018 applications in the late fall. NOTE: Only providers attesting to their first year of meaningful use will be able to attest prior to December 31st due to the CQM reporting requirements listed below. Providers who have previously received an incentive payment for meaningful use would have to wait until January 1, 2019 in order to have a full year of CQM data.
CMS specification sheets for Program Year 2018 are now available. Click here.
The Centers for Medicare and Services (CMS) renamed the Medicare, and Medicaid, Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs to the Medicare, and Medicaid, Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program for eligible hospitals, critical access hospitals, and Medicaid providers.
CMS also renamed the the MIPS (Merit-based Incentive Payment System) Advancing Care information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability performance category for MIPS-eligible clinicians. This rebranding does not merge or combine the EHR Incentive Programs and MIPS.
The goal of these changes is to continue the CMS focus on improving patients' access to health information and reducing the time and cost required of providers to comply with program requirements.
For Florida, the program will still be known as the Florida Medicaid EHR Incentive Program however, the State's program now falls under the broader CMS Promoting Interoperability banner.
CMS recently proposed rule-making that does contain changes to the EHR Incentive Program. The Agency is currently reviewing the proposed rule and working with our state counterparts and CMS colleagues in understanding the scope of the proposed changes. CMS is accepting comments on the proposed changes until June 25, 2018. Please be aware that no program changes will be made until a final rule has been issued by CMS. Program participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with current program requirements with an emphasis on ensuring that meaningful use measures are being met.
The proposed rule can be found here.
What are the “Information Blocking” questions within MAPIR under Meaningful Use Objective 0?
As part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) and the Quality Payment Program final rule there were requirements that participants in both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs show that they have not knowingly and willfully limited or restricted the compatibility or interoperability of their certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. These questions are required for providers to show they are meeting this requirement by attesting to three statements about how they implement and use certified EHR technology (CEHRT). Together, these three statements are referred to as the “Prevention of Information Blocking Attestation.” Providers should carefully read each question and answer appropriately. For more information on the questions, refer to the CMS Prevention of Information Blocking Attestation Fact Sheet.