Welcome to the Medi-Cal EHR State Level Registry (SLR) for Provider Incentive Payments — Provider Outreach Page
SLR Not Accepting Program Year 2014 Meaningful Use (MU) Attestations
Hospitals: The SLR is not yet able to accept MU attestations from hospitals for Program Year 2014. DHCS anticipates that the SLR will be able to accept MU attestations from hospitals for 2014 in mid to late January, 2014. Hospitals should check this website for updates. This restriction applies only to MU attestations for 2014. The SLR currently accepts 2014 AIU attestations from hospitals without restriction. For questions or additional assistance, please contact the SLR Helpdesk at 1-866-879-0109.
Providers: Providers wishing to attest to MU for Program Year 2014 will not be able to do so until April 1, 2014 and should not enter any data into the SLR until then. This restriction only applies to 2014 MU attestations. Providers may submit 2013 AIU and MU attestations until March 31, 2014 and may submit 2014 AIU attestations beginning January 1, 2014. For questions or additional assistance, please contact the SLR Helpdesk at 1-866-879-0109.
Optometrists may now apply to the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program. DHCS hopes that all optometrists practicing individually or in a group/clinic with 30% or greater Medi-Cal patient volume will take advantage of the program. Optometrists and other eligible providers will have until March 31, 2014 to apply for 2013 program year payments. Applications for 2014 program year payments open on January 1, 2014. If a provider applies for the 2013 program year their application must be reviewed and approved before an application for the 2014 program year can be accepted. If an optometrist was not added to a group for the 2013 program year the optometrist can register in the SLR as an individual provider but enter group encounter volumes to establish eligibility if: 1) the group representative uploads a letter into the SLR documenting that the optometrist was a member of the group in 2012 and 2) the optometrist uploads a letter into the SLR with their application documenting that they were a member of the group in 2012 and have used group encounter volumes to establish eligibility.
Stage 1 Changes for 2013 Fully Implemented
CMS has mandated a number of changes to the EHR Incentive Programs for 2013 to make it easier for providers to qualify and meet meaningful use. Most of these changes were implemented in the State Level Registry (SLR) earlier in 2013, however the implementation of a few changes were delayed. These changes concerned the use of an alternative measure for the Vital Signs objective and the use of an alternative exclusion for the CPOE objective. OHIT is pleased to announce that these additional changes now have been implemented in the SLR and that providers and hospitals that have not already applied for 2013 may take advantage of them. Hospitals have until December 31, 2013, while providers have until March 31, 2014 to apply for 2013 program year incentive payments.
Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Payments Unaffected by Sequestration
As required by law, President Obama issued a sequestration order on March 1, 2013, which required mandatory reductions on federal spending. We have received several inquiries regarding whether these reductions would affect incentive payments made by the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program. While Medicare incentive payments will be reduced, we have received official guidance that Medicaid EHR incentive payments are not subject to these reductions.
Hospital Registration Dates:
2013 Program Year: 10/1/2012 – 12/31/2013
2014 Program Year: 10/1/2013 – 12/31/2014
Provider Registration Dates:
2013 Program Year: 1/1/2013 – 3/31/2014
2014 Program Year: 1/1/2014 – 3/31/2015
As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, beginning October 3, 2011 Medi-Cal is able to offer eligible practitioners and hospitals substantial financial incentives to adopt, implement or upgrade to CMS-certified electronic health record (EHR) technologies. Initial payments the first year are based on adoption, implementation or upgrade of certified EHR technology, while following annual payments are based on the meaningful use of the EHR technology. Incentive payments are available to eligible hospitals over four years and for eligible professionals over six years.
Professionals and hospitals are required to first register for the program through CMS. The next step is to apply at the State Level Registry through this portal. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for your data to be transferred from The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the State Level Registry, and you will not be able to enter eligibility information or attest until this information has been received.
The page also provides links to valuable resources for professionals and hospitals planning EHR implementation and other health information technology efforts.
Thank you for joining Medi-Cal in realizing the vision of “Connecting California for Better Health.”
Important Web Resources (all links open in new window)
Regional Extension Centers (REC) (all links open in new window)
The HITECH act provides for the establishment of RECs to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to help primary care providers in their geographic service areas to select, successfully implement and meaningfully use certified Electronic Health Record technology to improve the quality and value of health care.
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