EP eligibility, in part, is based on meeting the required minimum patient volume for Medicaid during any continuous 90-day period during calendar year 2011 in order to apply for an incentive payment in calendar year 2012. EPs wishing to register and attest for their incentive payments, whether AIU for payment year 1 or MU for payment year 2, have until December 31, 2012 to do so.
EHs may register and attest for incentive payments that are associated with the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) ï¿½ October through September. For FFY2012, the period is 10/01/2011 through 9/30/2012. EHs must have established their qualifying patient volumes during the period covered by their formal cost report that ended anytime during the federal fiscal year 10/1/2010 through 9/30/2011. For example, if the hospital's cost report covered the period January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, the EH could use that cost report to apply for a 2012 incentive payment.
Welcome to the Montana State Level Registry (SLR) — Provider Outreach Page
Montana providers must register with the CMS registration and attestation system, formerly known as NLR, prior to registering with the Montana State Level Registry. The tools in this Provider Outreach Page will help you start collecting and organizing the information you will need in order to register with Montana's SLR.
As the healthcare landscape continues to modernize, recent legislation was passed to encourage the adoption of Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) technology in documenting patient care. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, beginning in 2011, eligible Medicaid providers are offered financial incentives for the implementation and meaningful use of Health Information Technology (HIT) in the management of patient populations.
The State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services has elected to participate in the HIT incentive program. Our primary goal is to provide an effective means of administering and distributing incentive monies to eligible providers and hospitals, including establishing a process to determine eligibility and track meaningful use. The Department's objectives in this process include:
- The implementation of a cost effective, fully automated, and auditable process to administer incentive payments to eligible providers and hospitals,
- Development of incentive program administrative rules designed to maximize the opportunity for Montana Medicaid Providers to participate,
- Diligent oversight of the incentive program including routine audits and quality assurance checks of meaningful use attestations and reporting mechanisms,
- Coordination with community partners to help encourage the adoption of certified EHR technology and the electronic exchange of health care information.
To streamline the process in applying for the incentive and provide supportive resources throughout your HIT transition, this web portal centralizes the national, state and regional links for additional program information. It also serves as the portal to access Montana's State Level Registry (SLR). In support of Montana's vision of this site also offers the following:
- A centralized “one-stop” launching pad of available tools for managing your EHR Incentive information
- Organized information offering real-time feeds of current HIT news and updates from other federal organizations.
Educate yourself today on the benefits of HIT and be a part of transforming the quality, efficiency and safety of healthcare delivery.
Regional Extension Centers (REC) (all links open in new window)
The Montana Regional Extension Center is a federally-funded resource that provides technical assistance to help primary care providers with EHR selection and implementation. More information is available here: http://www.htsrec.com.
Important Web Resources (all links open in new window)
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