HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (HIT)
Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payments
Medicaid is participating in the Medicaid Health Information
Technology (HIT) Incentive Payment Program. This program
is supported through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator
for Health Information Technology (ONC), as part of the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
September 14, 2011, the Utah Department of Health, Division
of Medicaid and Health Financing, received approval from
CMS regarding the State
Medicaid Health Information Technology Plan (SMHP).
This allows Utah to make Electronic Health Record (EHR)
incentive payments to eligible* Medicaid providers and hospitals
as they adopt, implement, upgrade, or demonstrate meaningful
use of certified EHR technology.
Eligible Provider (EP) includes: MD's, DO's, DDS's, CNM's,
NP's, and PA's practicing in a Federally Qualified Health
Center (FQHC) or Rural Health Clinic (RHC) that is led by
a PA. Hospital-based EPs may not participate. An EP is considered
hospital-based if 90% or more of the EP's services are performed
in a hospital inpatient or emergency room setting. Under
the rules of the program, you may register individually
or as a group.
EPs must meet patient volume criteria, providing services
to those who are Medicaid eligible or, in some cases, needy
individuals. Eligible professionals and groups must demonstrate
30% Medicaid patient volumes; (20% for pediatrics) for a
representative 90-day period in the previous calendar year.
In order to use the group volumes, all practitioners must
agree to use the group volumes to determine eligibility
to participate in the program. If one provider in the group
chooses to use individual patient volumes rather than the
group volumes, all other providers must also use individual
are required to use EHR technology, certified specifically
for the EHR Incentive Program. You will need to verify that
your system is on the list from ONC
and obtain your CHPL certification identification number.
get started, you must first register with CMS. More information
and resources to assist you in eligibility determination
and patient volumes is available on the Medicare
and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Website.
The Utah attestation system for payment year 1 - Stage 1 Adopt, Implement or Upgrade (AIU) and payment year 2 - Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) for Eligible Professionals and Eligible Hospitals is OPEN. Click HERE for access to the HIT/EHR Incentives Provider User Manual and step-by-step instructions.
Important Links Below:
Meaningful Use Criteria - HealthInsight
Use and USIIS
Stage 1 MU Implementation Guide
Syndromic Surveillance MU Implementation
Syndromic Surveillance Reporting for Utah State Providers
UDOH Statement on Meaningful Use Public Health Reporting:
- Utah's Regional Extension Center (REC)
Health Information Network (UHIN) The Clinical Health
Information Exchange (cHIE)
Asked Questions (FaQs)
Health IT for You
questions or concerns, please call the HIT/EHR Hotline number
at: 1-801-538-6929 or send an e-mail to: EHRIncentive@utah.gov.
Business hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
closed on all state and federal holidays.