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Important Deadline

Program Year 2016 is the final year in which eligible professionals and hospitals can begin to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. To learn more about the benefits of participating, or for information on program requirements and how to get started, visit our Program Participation Overview and our Flyer for New Providers

Applying for an EHR Incentive Payment is a two-step process that begins with registering at the CMS website. It takes at least three days for our system to receive the registration data and match it to Medicaid provider files for both the provider and the payee. The matching must occur before the provider can access their EHR Incentive application. Registration for new providers should be completed no later than March 20, 2017 to allow time to resolve any matching issues.

Program Year 2015 Applications

We had over 1,700 program year 2015 applications on September 1, 2016. We review applications in the order they were submitted. Please be patient with us while we work through the program year 2015 applications. A thorough review takes some time.

If your practice has a payment being audited, we will not review your current applications until the audit is complete. The reason is if the result of the audit is a finding requiring recoupment, it may impact the current applications.

Program Year 2016 Applications

MAPIR is open for providers to attest for the 2016 program year. All providers attesting to Meaningful Use will attest to a 90 reporting period for 2016 for both Meaningful Use measures and Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs).

Effective for the 2016 program year, the Additional Documentation Form is only required for providers who practice at more than one location. The modified AD form is similar to the first page of the 2015 AD form. The form can be located on the Program Year 2016 page.

If a provider has an active 2015 application, they will not be able to attest until the 2015 application is paid or denied. Common issues with applications are described in this Application Tip Sheet.

The deadline to submit all program year 2016 applications is March 31, 2017.Extensions will be given only for providers whose 2015 application was not paid by March 15, 2017. The extension will be for 30 days from the payment date. Fridays after payments are made, contacts will be notified by email that the application has been set for a 30 day grace period. If the application is not started by the deadline, the grace period closes for that provider. If the application is started but not submitted by the deadline, it will be aborted.

Program Year 2017

Beginning with Program Year 2017, actions must take place during the program year to count in numerators. The Security Risk Analysis or Review must occur during the program year. For Program Year 2017, this means actions including the SRA must occur in 2017.

All EPs will attest to a full year of Clinical Quality Measures (CQMs) with the exception of those EPs who are attesting to Meaningful Use for the first time.

Changes to the MAPIR attestation system for program year 2017 are in progress and are expected to be completed in August 2017.