Health Information Exchange (HIE) Unit

% of unique providers who achieved their 6th year of participation in the EHRIP Program

19.1%2020

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Partners
  • The MAPIR 14-state Collaborative: System design and development; HITECH policy consultation; technical support
  • DXC: Vendor technical partner for system integration with MMIS, system deployment and technical support
  • Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL): Education and outreach support
Story Behind the Curve

This measure assesses the percent of all unique providers that have achieved their 6th year payment, successfully topping-out of the incentive program.

The Promoting Interoperability Program (PIP), formerly known as the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, was codified in the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The program was designed to encourage clinicians, eligible hospitals, and CAHs to adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU), and demonstrate meaningful use of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) by providing incentive payments for meeting program requirements.

Vermont issued its first incentive payment in Program Year 2011 and will be issuing payments through Program Year 2021. Eligible Hospitals can receive one payment per year for up to three years and Eligible Professionals (EPs) can receive one payment per year for up to 6 years and participation years do not have to be consecutive, however, the last year to begin participating in the program was 2016.

Incentive payments for EPs under the Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program can total up to $63,750 over 6 years. $21,250 for their first year of participation in the program and $8,500 for each subsequent year.

This measure is also a point of interest to CMS and is regularly discussed as a marker of program success. Since providers can continue to access payments through the end of the program in 2021, the State expects to see a successive increase for this measure.

Last updated:  01/15/2020

Strategy
  • Develop strategy for maximizing program participation through 2021.
  • Perform analysis on all program participation and determine providers who have 1 or more years (maximum 6 years) of eligibility in the program. 
  • Devote additional staff hours to provide targeted outreach to providers most likely to participate in the program. 
  • Carefully monitor outreach activity and gauge level of interest.  
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