Help Desks / Support Centers

(800) 457-4454
in-state toll-free or
(501) 376-2211
local and out-of-state

Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative
(866) 322-4696 in-state toll-free or
(501) 301-8311 local and out-of-state

Magellan Medicaid Administration Pharmacy Help Desk
(800) 424-7895, Option 2 for Prescribers

Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program

The official web page for the Medicaid PI Program for Arkansas providers

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Arkansas Incentive Payment Team (AIPT)

The AIPT, maintained by the fiscal agent, processes payments and works with providers who are involved in the PI Program.

Arkansas’s online system for registration in the program is available and the AIPT 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 EHR Incentive Payment Assistance Center.

PI Bulletins


Program Year 2017 Application Deadline
Added 9/12/18
If you wish to apply for an EHR incentive payment for Program Year (PY) 2017, new applications must be submitted no later than September 17, 2018. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. A submitted application means that you have registered with the R&A, attested through MAPIR and completed the MAPIR application by clicking the Submit button.

Pending applications for PY 2017 must be completed by September 30, 2018. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the AIPT team at aipt@dxc.com.

EHR Program Name Change
Added 5/11/18
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.

eClinical Works Error Message
Added 6/6/17
Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Professionals who used eClinical Works from August 2016 to December 2016 (attesting to Meaningful Use Objective four and five for Program Year 2016), please see CMS FAQ 6097 regarding certified EHR technology with a flawed method of calculation for Meaningful Use attestation. (HTML, new window).

Certification for EHR Products Revoked
Two EHR products, previously certified as products to be used as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, have had their certifications revoked. View or print the news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Word, new window).

HealthIT.gov
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 EHR support and resources for providers, professionals, patients and families. For more information, visit HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window) today.

Overview

About ARRA & EHR
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 EHR technology.

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 EHR Incentive Program. Providers are eligible to receive up to $63,750 over a six-year period when they adopt, implement or upgrade to certified EHR technology. Meaningful use will not be addressed in year one.

For more information about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, refer to the following resources:

Certification
The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requires the use of certified EHR technology. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has adopted standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.

To qualify for incentive payments, providers must use EHR 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 EHR technology, it must be tested and certified by an ONC-ATCB specifically for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

For more information about certification, refer to the CMS Certified EHR Technology Website (HTML, new window)

Meaningful Use
The rule for meaningful use was established by CMS and includes a set of standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.

Meaningful use means providers are using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in terms of quality and quantity. The three components of meaningful use are using EHR technology:

  • 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: CMS Meaningful Use Overview (HTML, new window).

User Guides

MAPIR EP User Guide
  MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 1 (Word, new window)
  MAPIR EP 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)

MAPIR EH User Guide (Word, new window)

Helpful Links

CMS Website (HTML, new window)
CMS EHR Incentive Program Website (HTML, new window)
CMS EHR Final Rule (PDF, new window)
HealthIT.gov (HTML, new window)
HITArkansas Website (HTML, new window)
ONC HIT Certification Program (HTML, new window)