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Program Year 2017 Webinar

This 30 minute informational webinar will address the requirements for submitting a 2017 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation.  The content will cover changes to Meaningful Use Modified Stage 2 and Stage 3 objectives, CMS Final Rule Changes, and a review of program documentation requirements.  A 30 minute question and answer session will follow the webinar.
 
Offered times:
  • Thursday, October 5th: 10am – 11am
  • Tuesday, October 10th: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
 
Register here:

Program Payment Updates:

  • As of August 31, 2017, the Oregon Medicaid EHR Incentive Program has paid 3,184 unique eligible professionals and 59 eligible hospitals $164.9 million in EHR incentive payments.
  • We are currently processing Program Year 2016 attestations submitted in March 2017

eClinicalWorks Settlement

Earlier this spring, upon analysis of an issue reported by eClinicalWorks (eCW), CMS issued guidance that the 90-day EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016 is the only time period from which providers may utilize their Meaningful Use (MU) data for the purposes of applying for an EHR incentive program payment. Those providers who are not able to meet their MU criteria during that period in 2016 are advised to pursue a hardship exemption, if they are subject to Medicare Payment Adjustments. The following link contains the application for the hardship exemption: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/PaymentAdj_Hardship.html. Please note, the application is due July 1, 2017.
 
This issue does not affect your 2016 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation if you submitted a Meaningful Use (MU) attestation and you met MU criteria for the EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016, or if you submitted an Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU) attestation for 2016. If you submitted a 2016 MU attestation, and you did not meet MU criteria for the EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016, you may withdraw your 2016 Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation and apply for the hardship exemption, if applicable. Withdrawing your 2016 attestation will allow you to skip the 2016 program year and attest for MU in a future program year. The Medicaid EHR Incentive team has checked to ensure providers used the correct EHR Reporting Period of October 3, 2016 – December 31, 2016, and has already contacted any providers who needed to make an EHR Reporting Period correction.
 
Also, please be aware that CMS also issued this FAQ regarding the eCW issue and auditing: https://questions.cms.gov/faq.php?id=5005&faqId=6097
 
In more recent development, the U.S. District Attorney of Vermont announced a settlement with eCW, alleging the company fraudulently obtained federal certification for its software, causing medical providers to submit false claims for incentive payments:  https://www.justice.gov/usao-vt/pr/electronic-health-records-vendor-pay-largest-settlement-district-vermont
 
The Oregon Medicaid EHR Incentive Program currently does not intend to alter the ongoing review process for pending attestations from providers utilizing eCW. Attestations will be processed in date order received. In the course of our established review procedure, you may receive the standard requests for follow-up information or documentation to support your pending Medicaid EHR Incentive Program attestation before it is approved for further processing or payment.
 
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: 503-945-5898
 

Naturopaths approved for Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

On May 3, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), approved Oregon naturopathic physicians (NDs) as an eligible professional type for the Oregon Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. NDs that meet program eligibility criteria may qualify for up to $63,750 over six years to adopt, implement, or upgrade, or meaningfully use certified EHR technology. 

CMS also approved an extension of the Program Year 2016 deadline for Oregon NDs, as Program Year 2016 is the last year for eligible professionals to begin the program. Eligible Oregon NDs have until July 31, 2017 to submit a Program Year 2016 attestation. All other provider types have until May 31 to submit a Program Year 2016 attestation.

Program Year 2016 Updates

Program Year 2016 Attestation Review Status - Posted September 27, 2017

Attestations will be processed in date-order-received.  We will notify you via email when your attestation has been reviewed and whether it has been approved or if additional information or documentation is required. If corrections or additional documentation are needed, you will need to submit those to us so your attestation review can be completed. 

We are committed to processing attestation as quickly as possible. Due to the high attestation volume, we will unable to review attestations out of order, or provide specific information regarding your attestation until it moves into formal review.  If you submitted a Program Year 2016 attestation and have yet to receive payment, please continue to check our website for status updates on where we are with attestation processing.

To review your attestation or upload additional documentation, login to MAPIR at any time. https://www.or-medicaid.gov.

For questions, please contact us at: 503-945-5898 or Medicaid.EHRIncentives@state.or.us


Program Year 2016 Deadline Extended for EPs
CMS approved our request to extend the deadline for eligible professionals to attest for program year 2016 from March 31, 2017 to May 31, 2017.  This applies to eligible professionals attesting to adopt, implement, or upgrade (AIU) or meaningful use (MU) for program year 2016.  The deadline for Oregon eligible hospitals is still March 31, 2017.
 
Program Year 2016 Attestation Deadlines:
  • Eligible Hospitals: March 31, 2017
  • Eligible Professionals (AIU & MU): May 31, 2017
Program Year 2016 - Last year to begin EHR Incentive Program
If you are applying for Oregon's EHR Incentive Program for the first time, Program Year 2016 is the last year to get started.
  • Deadline for eligible professionals to attest for 2016 is now May 31, 2017
  • Deadline for eligible hospitals to attest for 2016 is still March 31, 2017
  • Download the fact sheet.
Learn more about Program Year 2016 and first year attestation.

 

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