Program Year 2021 EHR Incentive Program Open Period: July 1, 2021 - October 31, 2021
The Nebraska Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is a state-run program that is federally funded by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). The purpose of the program is to encourage and assist eligible providers and hospitals in using their EHRs in meaningful ways that produce better health outcomes for Nebraska's citizens. Eligible providers and hospitals submit attestations to the Nebraska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and, if approved, are issued incentive payments. The program runs from 2012 to 2021. During this time, eligible providers can receive up to six payments and eligible hospitals can receive up to three payments.
Program Year 2016 was the final year that EPs and EHs could begin the attestation process with the Nebraska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program.
For frequently asked questions and tips for EHR audits, please visit the following page:
EHR FAQ - Last Updated June 12, 2020
Reminders for Program Year 2021:
New CMS final rules highlights are as follows:
Please see "CMS News" under EHR Incentive Program Resources for more information.
In February 2009, Congress enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ("HITECH"), as part of the federal stimulus package. The legislation included a number of provisions designed to encourage the adoption and use of health information technology, including EHRs and the development of a health information exchange (HIE) infrastructure to improve health outcomes while providing cost savings efficiencies.
One of the initiatives of this legislation is the EHR Incentive Program. Under this program, states will distribute incentive payments to qualified Medicaid providers that meaningfully use certified EHR technology.
Nebraska's initial State Medicaid Health Information Plan (SMHP) was approved by CMS in November 2011. Nebraska launched the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program on May 7, 2012. The program will sunset in 2021.
For more historical information regarding the EHR Incentive Program please visit the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.html.
One of the initiatives of the HITECH legislation is the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Under this program, states process incentive payments to qualified Medicaid providers and hospitals that adopted, implemented, upgraded, or currently demonstrate meaningful use of their certified EHR technology.
Professional types that are eligible for the Nebraska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program include:
Hospitals eligible for the Nebraska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program include acute care hospitals (including critical access) and children's hospitals.
Eligible Professionals (EPs) can receive their full EHR incentive payments over a six-year period and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) received their full EHR incentive payments over a consecutive three-year period.
Please follow the steps below to update CMS registration and attest to the Nebraska Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (https://www.nebraskaehrincentives.com/Default.aspx).
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program FAQs:
Information about the Nebraska Health Information Initiative health information exchange (HIE):
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)
Information about the Nebraska Information Technology Commission's strategic initiatives:
Information about other national health information technology (HIT) initiatives, including EHR Certification Standards:
Questions may be sent to DHHS.EHRIncentives@nebraska.gov.