New York Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program

Through the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) in New York who adopt, implement, or upgrade certified EHR technology (CEHRT), and subsequently become meaningful users of CEHRT, can qualify for financial incentives.

CMS is dedicated to improving interoperability and patients´ access to health information. On April 24, 2018, to better reflect this focus, CMS announced the renaming of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program to the Promoting Interoperability Program. It is important to note that the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a part of the CMS Promoting Interoperability Program, but will continue to operate under the current name - NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Sign up for the program LISTSERV to receive important announcements.

Announcements

Payment Year (PY) 2020 Soft Opening

As the timeframes between payment years get shorter, providers who are ready to attest will be given the opportunity to do so before the official payment year opening, in something called a Soft Opening. The Soft Opening will function in the same way an official opening does, with remediation and review processes that mirror what providers are used to. The main differences are that Soft Openings occur earlier in the year, and because of this the Meaningful Use criteria must be met sooner than normal if a provider wishes to attest during this period.

The PY2020 Soft Opening period begins October 1st, 2020. This option will be available until the Official Opening on January 1st, 2021.

Providers who have met the attestation criteria will be able to complete their attestations in MEIPASS starting on this date. If you have already gathered your attestation data and are ready to submit, we encourage you to do so during this time.


Payment Year (PY) 2020 Pre-Validation Period

If an individual Eligible Professional (EP) or group have already selected their reporting period and calculated their patient volume prior to the MEIPASS attestation system being opened for the payment year, they are able to complete a pre-validation. This allows practices to submit their patient volume data for review and approval ahead of attestation and can help the EP advance through the review process more quickly once MEIPASS begins accepting attestations.

Pre-Validations for PY2020 will be accepted until December 14, 2020. If you would like to take advantage of this service to avoid patient volume remediation during the official or soft opening attestation periods, please begin the process of finding a suitable Medicaid patient volume reporting period.

To submit a Pre-Validation, simply select your Patient Volume Reporting period and fill out the appropriate Pre-Validation form with the data for that period.

EPs Using Individual Patient Volume: Individual EPs Pre-Validation template
EPs Using Group Patient Volume: Group EPs Pre-Validation template.

Additional instructions regarding this process can be found on Instructions tab in each respective template.


Payment Year 2019 Attestation Period Now Closed

The attestation period for Payment Year (PY) 2019 has now closed. Those who were unable to submit their attestations by the payment year deadline will not be eligible to participate in PY2019, but are encouraged to attest in Payment Years 2020 and 2021. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the status of a submitted attestation, please contact our support team by phone at (877) 646-5410, Option 2 or by email at hit@health.ny.gov.


Remediation Scenario Webinars

Please refer to the EP13-L and EP24-L Remediation Scenario Webinars below to assist you with patient volume remediation. These videos provide an in-depth overview of each remediation scenario.


Feedback

We continue to welcome your feedback about the program. Over the past year, significant changes have been made due to the suggestions received from the provider community. These include: electronic signatures in MEIPASS, shorter response deadlines for attestation remediation, and additional guidance about security risk assessment and post-payment audit. Please complete our Customer Satisfaction Survey and add your feedback and any ideas you may have regarding our resources.

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Since 2011 the following payments have been made to NY Medicaid providers:
Eligible Professionals &
Eligible Hospitals
Payments Made:
45,236
Amount Paid:
$1,024,870,785
For further information and assistance please call:
1- (877) 646-5410
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