Health Information Technology (HIT) & Electronic Health Records (EHR)


Iowa States Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is playing an important role in establishing critical health information technology designed to reduce costs, improve care and advance coordination across the healthcare platform, leading to better coordination, quality of care, and healthier lives. As of March 30, 2014, Iowa has approved payments to nearly 1497eligible professionals and hospitals with a total close to $ 98 million dollars in incentive payments.


FOR QUESTIONS OR INQUIRIES REGARDING THE HIT AND EHR PROGRAMS
515.974.3123 (PHONE) OR
 imeincentives@dhs.state.is.us (EMAIL)
 
News and Announcements
  • Updated information on CMS 2014 CEHRT Flexibility Rule:  In September, 2014 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final ruling that would give providers who were “Unable to Fully Implement 2014 Certified Electronic Health Record Technology” additional options to attest to Meaningful Use for the 2014 program year. Iowa Medicaid has completed the necessary system changes to allow providers to attest to the Medicaid EHR Incentive program using the options allowed under the Flexibility Rule. The attestation deadline for Eligible Providers (EPs) to attest to the Iowa Medicaid EHR Incentive program has been extended until March 31,2015. This extension will allow EPs additional time to review all of their options for the 2014 attestation year. For more information, please read the 2014 CEHRT Rule Quick Guide and the Flexibility Rule FAQ.
     
  • Health IT Wins  Health Information Technology (IT) in our state is picking up speed; providers are upgrading Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems, Meaningful Use dollars are being paid out, and EHR data are being exchanged via the Iowa Health Information Network or in other secure ways to improve patient outcomes. The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME), in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), will regularly share the important progress being made in Iowa through the “Health IT Wins” recurring emails.  Please look for these promotions to see what you can learn and apply from these local success stories. Or if you’d like to have your own health IT success story highlighted, reach out to the IDPH at ehealth@idph.iowa.gov or the IME at imeincentives@dhs.state.ia.us
    Read previous editions of "Health IT Wins".
     
  • Learn More about the Protect Electronic Health Information Core Objective: If you are a provider participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis is required to meet Stage 1 and Stage 2 of meaningful use. This meaningful use objective complements, but does not impose new or expanded requirements on the HIPAA Security Rule. Read more.


Applying to the Iowa State Medicaid HIT/EHR Incentive Program:

Program Information and Additional Resources:

Comments or Questions:
Medicaid providers interested in learning more about the incentive payments, please send an email to imeincentives@dhs.state.ia.us or call Tanya McAninch, Medicaid HIT Provider Incentive Coordinator at 515-974-3123.