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 June 1, 2015, Iowa has approved 3,298 payments to eligible professionals and hospitals with a total of over $120.9 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
  • Electronic Health Record (EHR) Survey: The Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) will be conducting an environmental scan through an electronic survey in Summer 2015. The purpose of this survey is to gauge EHR and interoperability adoption in Iowa at an organizational level. The IME will soon be reaching out to those who have received at least one EHR incentive payment and are actively enrolled in the Medicaid program. Your participation in this survey is greatly appreciated.  

  • Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Attestation Guideline for 2015: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a proposed rule change that would impact the guidelines by which providers attest to receive Meaningful Use (MU) Incentives for 2015. At this time, the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) is capable of accepting 2015 EHR Incentive attestations from eligible providers for Adopt, Implement, Upgrade (AIU) & MU Stage 1, 90 day reporting period as outlined in the original federal rule so long as the provider is able to attest to the current MU guidelines. Once CMS has finalized the proposed changes the IME will need to make system modifications to comply with the new federal guidelines prior to accepting the remainder of the 2015 attestations. It is anticipated that the IME will begin accepting attestations under the new finalized guidelines after January 1, 2016.  

    More information on the proposed rule changes can be found at the links below:  

  • 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.