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Step 1: Register with CMS!

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Welcome to the Medi-Cal EHR State Level Registry (SLR) for Provider Incentive Payments — Provider Outreach Page

Important Notices

Providers Switching from Medicare to Medicaid

Providers who wish to switch from the Medicare EHR Incentive Program to the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program must contact the Help Desk at 866-879-0109 after creating an SLR account (but prior to submitting an attestation). This is required to ensure that the provider’s SLR account reflects the correct payment year and corresponding attestation data.

Please note that before applying with Medi-Cal through the SLR, providers must switch their program registration with CMS (https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/login.action) by 12/31/14 (CMS deadline). After the switch has been completed with CMS, providers can apply for Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program until 3/31/15 (Medi-Cal Program Year 2014 deadline).

Hospital 2014 Deadline Extended to 1/15/15

DHCS has extended the 2014 application deadline for hospitals from December 31, 2014 to January 15, 2015. This extension is being made to allow hospitals to apply to the Medicare EHR Incentive Program until December 31, 2014 and then apply to the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program. It may take several days after a hospital has applied to the Medicare Program for DHCS to receive the information from CMS necessary to allow the hospital to then apply to the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program. This extension of the Medi-Cal deadline to January 15, 2015 is intended to prevent this potential problem.

SLR Flexibility Rule Update

2014 CEHRT Flexibility Attestation capability is not yet ready in the SLR. On August 28, 2014 CMS announced that providers (EPs) and hospitals (EHs) who have not been able to fully implement 2014 certified EHRs will be able to attest to meaningful use for program year 2014 using 2013 Stage 1 Definition objectives and measures. It is not yet known when the SLR will be able to accept these special attestations. Please check this website for updated information. For questions or additional assistance, please contact the SLR Helpdesk at 1-866-879-0109. Proceed to the SLR if you are looking to submit an AIU application (that requires 2014 CEHRT), or an MU attestation for Stage 1 2014 Definition or Stage 2.

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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