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


Iowa state 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 September 1, 2015, Iowa has approved 3,558 payments to eligible professionals and hospitals with a total of over $124.2 million dollars in incentive payments.


FOR QUESTIONS OR INQUIRIES REGARDING THE HIT AND EHR PROGRAMS
515.974.3205 (PHONE) OR
 imeincentives@dhs.state.ia.us (EMAIL)
 
News and Announcements
  • Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Attestation Guideline for 2015: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule change that impacts the guidelines by which providers attest to receive Meaningful Use (MU) Incentives for 2015. At this time, the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) will not be accepting any 2015 attestations. The IME is making system modifications to comply with the new federal guidelines prior to accepting the remainder of the 2015 attestations. The IME will begin accepting attestations under the new finalized guidelines starting on February 1, 2016 and will continue to accept attestations until midnight of April 1, 2016. The IME hosted a webinar to inform users of attestation system changes. Access the slide presentation
       
    More information on the rule changes can be found at the links below:       

    EHR Incentive Program Information 
    2015 Program Requirements 
    Final Rule     

    If you have any questions regarding the EHR program, please call 515.974.3205 or email imeincentives@dhs.state.is.us.

  • Alternate method of attesting for eligible providers available through 2017: In the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs attestation years 2015 through 2017, Medicaid Eligible Providers (EPs) have the option of attesting through the CMS EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System  for the purpose of avoiding the Medicare payment adjustment in situations where they fail to meet the eligibility criteria for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Read more.
     
  • 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 Objective 1: Protect Patient Health Information: If you are a provider participating in the EHR Incentive Programs, conducting or reviewing a security risk analysis is required to meet meaningful use in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 164.308(a)(1), including addressing the security (to include encryption) of ePHI created or maintained in CEHRT in accordance with requirements under 45 CFR 164.312(a)(2)(iv) and 45 CFR 164.306(d)(3), and implement security updates as necessary and correct identified security deficiencies as part of the EP’s risk management process. 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 Carrie Ortega, Medicaid Health IT Coordinator at 515-974-3205.