Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program
The official web page for the Medicaid
PI Program for Arkansas providers
Arkansas Incentive Payment Team (AIPT)
AIPT, maintained by the fiscal agent, processes payments and works with providers who are involved in the
Arkansas’s online system for registration in the program is available and the
can assist providers with eligibility, registration and other program-related questions. To reach the
AIPT, call (800) 457-4454 and choose option 4 for the
Incentive Payment Assistance Center.
2019 CEHRT Requirements
The 2015 Edition CEHRT does not have to be implemented on January 1, 2019. However, participants must use the functionality of the 2015 Edition CEHRT for a minimum of any continuous 90-day EHR reporting period in 2019. The EHR must be certified to the 2015 Edition standards and certification criteria by the FIRST day of the selected EHR reporting period.
2015 CEHRT Requirement Fact Sheet Clarification
CMS released new resources for the Promoting Interoperability Program.
PI/MU Deadline for 2018 Attestations
The Arkansas Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program Meaningful Use (MU) deadline for 2018 attestations is 3/31/2019.
Any applications submitted by the 3/31/19 deadline that are assigned PENDING status for further corrections and assistance from AIPT will be given an extended deadline. All pending applications must be fully completed by June 1, 2019.
Incorrect CEHRT PI Measures From Greenway Health, LLC
Greenway Health, LLC has notified customers that their CEHRT is incorrectly calculating Promoting Interoperability (PI) measures. Accordingly, they have instructed their customers not to attest to the Medicaid PI Program for program year 2018 using the data their Greenway CEHRT is currently producing.
Greenway has notified CMS that fixes will be available later in 2019. The State of Arkansas understands that Greenway has advised providers to not attest for Meaningful Use in 2019 and supports this request.
Providers using CEHRT from Greenway during post-payment audit will not be penalized if they were unaware of the CEHRT deficiencies at the time of their attestation; however, providers should not attest to Meaningful Use with data they know to be incorrect.
The Arkansas deadline for 2018 attestations for the Medicaid PI Program (formerly named EHR) will be announced in the near future.
EHR Program Name Change
To reflect CMS’s commitment to interoperability of health care data and patients’ access to their health information, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is being overhauled. Effective immediately, the EHR Incentive Program will change to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program. The MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category will be known as the Promoting Interoperability performance category.
This rebranding does not merge the EHR Incentive Program and MIPS. Instead, these changes reflect CMS’s mission to move these programs beyond the current Meaningful Use requirement to an increased focus on interoperability and ease of patient access to health information. In the coming weeks, CMS will update its websites and educational resources to reflect these changes.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC HIT)
has launched HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window), to be the leading national resource on health information
technology. The website provides extensive
support and resources for providers, professionals, patients and families. For
more information, visit HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window) today.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for state Medicaid programs to offer financial incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) who adopt certified
With widespread, meaningful use of
EHRs, states can achieve interoperability in health care technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care.
Arkansas Medicaid provides incentive payments through the Medicaid
Incentive Program. Providers are eligible to receive up to $63,750 over a six-year period when they adopt, implement or upgrade to certified
technology. Meaningful use will not be addressed in year one.
For more information about the Medicaid
Incentive Program, refer to the following resources:
Incentive Program requires the use of certified
technology. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has adopted standards, implementation specifications and
certification criteria for
To qualify for incentive payments, providers must use
technology that has been tested and certified by an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). Even if a provider already uses
technology, it must be tested and certified by an ONC-ATCB specifically for the Medicaid
For more information about certification, refer to the
Technology Website (HTML, new window)
The rule for meaningful use was established by
and includes a set of standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for
Meaningful use means providers are using certified
technology in ways that can be measured significantly in terms of quality and quantity. The three components of meaningful use are using
- In a meaningful way, such as e-prescribing.
- For electronically exchanging health information to improve the quality of health care.
- To submit clinical quality measures and other measures.
For more information about meaningful use, refer to the following resource:
Meaningful Use Overview (HTML, new window).
User Guide – Part 1 (Word, new window)
User Guide – Part 2 (Word, new window)
MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 3 (Word, new window)
MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 4 (Word, new window)
User Guide (Word, new window)
Website (HTML, new window)
Incentive Program Website (HTML, new window)
Final Rule (PDF, new window)
HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window)
HITArkansas Website (HTML, new window)
Certification Program (HTML, new window)