Deadlines for Montana Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Payment Applications

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program provides incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.

The first year incentive is based on attesting to the adoption, implementation, or upgrade (A/I/U) of certified EHR technology. Subsequent incentive years are based on meaningful use (MU), using the EHR to improve health care services, access to medical records and communication among a patient's providers.

  • An eligible professional (EP) must register and attest for the 2014 calendar year by March 31, 2015.
  • An eligible hospital (EH) must register and attest for FFY 2014 by January 31, 2015.

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Beginning January 3, 2011, the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Information Center will be open to assist the EHR Provider Community with both program and system inquiries from 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday, except federal holidays, at 1-888-734-6433 (primary number) or 888-734-6563 (TTY number). Adobe PDF more info…

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EMR and HIPAA

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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)

Health Technology Services Regional Extension Center

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)

Are You Eligible?

CMS Eligibility Wizard

Run the CMS Eligibility Wizard and quickly see if you may qualify for incentive payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? Click here to view the CMS list of frequently asked questions.

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