As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that was signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economics and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted to promote the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology.
The Promoting Interoperability Program is a part of this movement and aims to transform the nation's health care system and improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient health care through the use of electronic health records.
Effective July 13, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health Services (HHS), the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released the final rule providing the parameters and requirements for the Medicaid PI Program under the HITECH Act. The ARRA authorizes states to provide for incentive payments to Medicaid providers for adopting, implementing, or upgrading certified EHR technology or for the meaningful use of such technology.
The CT Medicaid PI Program was launched with CMS on July 4, 2011. The CT Department of Social Services (DSS) partnered with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services (HPE) and 12 other states to develop a system to manage incentive payments for Connecticut's eligible providers called the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository (MAPIR).
The MAPIR Collaborative includes: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Vermont, with Pennsylvania serving as the lead State.
Key Differences Between the Medicaid and Medicare PI Program
This website promotes the CT Medicaid PI Program.
To learn more about differences between the Medicare and Medicaid PI Programs, visit the program basics section of the CMS website at: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Basics.html.
If you are interested in the Medicare PI Program, view CMS' guide, An Introduction to the Medicare PI Program for Eligible Professionals: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/downloads//Beginners_Guide.pdf.