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 is no longer accepting applications for the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Program. The AIPT can assist providers with questions concerning prior applications. To reach the AIPT, call (800) 457-4454 and choose option 5, and then option 5 again for the PI Program.
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:
- Arkansas Medicaid Incentive Payments Basic Facts
- CMS Promoting Interoperability Program Website
- CMS Promoting Interoperability Program Final Rule
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.
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.