Electronic Health Records
Current Status and Updates
The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare will launch the Idaho Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Stage 1 Meaningful Use on July 1, 2013.
Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) can receive an incentive payment for meeting the requirements of Stage 1 Meaningful Use as well as for adopting, implementing, or upgrading a certified EHR technology. The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will run through 2021. In order to receive full payment all eligible providers must initiate the application/attestation for an incentive payment from Medicaid by 2016. For more information on who is eligible or how to access the program, please go to the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website at www.MedicaidEHR.dhw.idaho.gov. Providers are encouraged to utilize the resources listed there to determine if they are eligible for an incentive payment and to learn the details of the application/attestation process where appropriate.
EPs and EHs must first register at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Registration and Attestation (R&A) site (https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/login.action). Providers can register to receive a Medicaid EHR incentive payment from Idaho Medicaid which is the first step in the application/attestation process. Idaho has an interface to this website in place and will receive the registration information from CMS after it is completed. Once registration is received and reviewed by Idaho Medicaid, staff will initiate contact with the registrant via e-mail directing you to proceed to our Idaho Incentive Management System (IIMS) to complete the Idaho application/attestation portion of the process at https://iims.dhw.idaho.gov/login.aspx. We encourage you to visit the CMS website at www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms to learn how to register with the CMS Registration and Attestation System. There you will find a user’Äôs guide on how to complete the CMS registration step. The CMS site also has a wealth of information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Also, please visit the Idaho Medicaid EHR Program website at www.MedicaidEHR.dhw.idaho.gov for additional information about the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Check out the Informational Papers posted there under Educational & Training Materials. The presentations on AIU and Stage 1 meaningful use are available on our website. There is an Ask the Program feature where you can send an e-mail directly to our EHR Program staff if you have any questions. Also available is an option to subscribe to receive E-Mail Updates notifying you when the website has been updated.
Important steps providers should review in preparation to participate in the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program:
Questions may be directed to the Idaho EHR Program staff by sending an e-mail to EHRIncentives@dhw.idaho.gov or by phone at (208) 332-7989.
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How to Access the Idaho Incentive Management System (IIMS)
Before you can apply/attest to Idaho Medicaid for an EHR incentive program payment, you must first successfully register at the CMS EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System. The Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program will then receive notification from CMS and conduct a preliminary review of eligibility before you can complete your application/attestation for the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. The review by the Idaho EHR Program staff may take several business days or longer. You will be contacted regarding any issues with your CMS registration affecting your Idaho eligibility. When the verification is complete, you will receive an email inviting you to complete your application/attestation with Idaho.
The following information will be required to sign on to the Idaho Incentive Management System (IIMS) to complete your Idaho application/attestation:
If you do not recall your CMS Registration Identification Number, you must return to the CMS EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System to reference it.
Please click on https://iims.dhw.idaho.gov to complete your application/attestation for the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
Once you have completed your application/attestation in IIMS, attached required supporting documentation, and submitted to the Idaho Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, the EHR Program staff will complete the eligibility determination. Once a provider is determined eligible, the Idaho Medicaid EHR Program will notify CMS to approve for payment and you will then be notified of your eligibility status. Once determined eligible, the incentive payment will be processed within 45 days.
If you have questions regarding this process, please contact the Idaho EHR Help Desk at 208-332-7989. The hours of operation for the help desk are 8:00am – 5:00pm (MDT), Monday thru Friday.
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