Division of Medical Services

Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program

Arkansas Incentive Payment Team (AIPT)

The AIPT, maintained by the fiscal agent, processes payments and works with providers who are involved in the PI Program.

Arkansas’s online system for registration in the program is available and the AIPT can assist providers with eligibility, registration and other program-related questions. To reach the AIPT, call (800) 457-4454 and choose option 4 for the EHR Incentive Payment Assistance Center.

PI Bulletins

2021 Promoting Interoperability Meaningful Use Attestations

Updated 4/12/21
Promoting Interoperability attestations for Meaningful Use – Stage 3, Payment Year 2021 for the State of Arkansas will be accepted starting July 1, 2021 through October 31, 2021.

All applications submitted by October 31, 2021 that require further review must be completed by
November 19, 2021.

REMINDER: PY2021 is the final year of the Promoting Interoperability program.

2020 Promoting Interoperability Meaningful Use Attestations

Updated 4/12/21
Promoting Interoperability (formerly known as EHR) attestations for Meaningful Use – Stage 3, Payment Year 2020 for the State of Arkansas will be accepted starting October 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

All applications submitted by June 30, 2021 that require further review must be completed by
July 31, 2021.

Overview

About ARRA & EHR

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides for state Medicaid programs to offer financial incentives to eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) who adopt certified EHR technology.

With widespread, meaningful use of EHRs, states can achieve interoperability in health care technology to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care.

Arkansas Medicaid provides incentive payments through the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Providers are eligible to receive up to $63,750 over a six-year period when they adopt, implement or upgrade to certified EHR technology. Meaningful use will not be addressed in year one.

For more information about the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, refer to the following resources:

Certification

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program requires the use of certified EHR technology. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has adopted standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.

To qualify for incentive payments, providers must use EHR technology that has been tested and certified by an Office of the National Coordinator Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB). Even if a provider already uses EHR technology, it must be tested and certified by an ONC-ATCB specifically for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.

For more information about certification, refer to the CMS Certified EHR Technology Website.

Meaningful Use

The rule for meaningful use was established by CMS and includes a set of standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria for EHR technology.

Meaningful use means providers are using certified EHR technology in ways that can be measured significantly in terms of quality and quantity. The three components of meaningful use are using EHR technology:

  • In a meaningful way, such as e-prescribing.
  • For electronically exchanging health information to improve the quality of health care.
  • To submit clinical quality measures and other measures.

For more information about meaningful use, refer to the following resource: CMS Meaningful Use Overview.

User Guides

MAPIR EP User Guide
  MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 1
  MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 2B
  MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 2C
  MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 3
  MAPIR EP User Guide – Part 4

MAPIR EH User Guide

Helpful Links

CMS Website
CMS Promoting Interoperability Program Website
CMS Promoting Interoperability Final Rule
HealthIT.gov
ONC HIT Certification Program

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P.O. Box 1437, Slot S401
Little Rock, AR 72203-1437

DMS Phone Number

501-682-8292
Fax: 501-682-1197

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