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Program Year 2019 Requirements

2015 Edition CEHRT Required

In order to qualify for a Medicaid EHR Incentive, your practice MUST be using a 2015 Edition Certified EHR System.  The EHR system 2015 Edition CEHRT ID will contain "15E" in the third through fifth digits.  Consult your EHR vendor if you are unsure of the certification standard of your system.

For your Meaningful Use (Promoting Interoperability) Reporting Period, you must be using a 2015 Edition CEHRT for the entire 90-day reporting period.  BUT for the Clinical Quality Measures, you do NOT need to have a 2015 Edition CEHRT for the entire 2019 calendar year.  For example, if you move to a 2015 Edition Certified EHR System on July 1, 2019 and your MU reporting period is 10/03/2019 - 12/31/2019, that would meet both the MU and CQM reporting requirements.

MU and CQM Reporting Periods in Program Year 2019

  • The Meaningful Use Reporting Period is 90 days in 2019 for all providers.
  • The Clinical Quality Measure reporting period is the entire calendar year 2019, unless a provider is meeting Meaningful Use for the first time in PY2019, in which case a 90day CQM Reporting Period is allowed.

Meaningful Use Stage 3 requirements have been reorganized into eight Objectives with a total of 20 Measures.  The CMS Specification Sheets for the 2019 Medicaid Promoting Interoperability/EHR Incentive Program are posted at the CMS PY2019 webpage.

Please note that important changes to the Public Health/Clinical Data Registry Reporting requirements (MU3 Objective 8) will affect how Eligible Professionals will select and complete the  measures.  As noted from the CMS MU measure #8 specification sheet, an Eligible Provider must satisfy two measures for this objective.  If the EP cannot satisfy at least two measures, they may take exclusions from all measures they cannot meet.

Click here to learn about what public health measures Rhode Island's Department of Health Public Health Reporting is capable to accept.






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