The California Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) was launched in November 2015 and was designed to continue the work of the Regional Extension Center Program which provided assistance to thousands of professionals to adopt, implement, upgrade and meaningfully use certified EHR technology. CTAP is expected to provide free assistance to an additional 7,500 eligible professionals who offer care to Medi-Cal patients, with special emphasis on solo practitioners and specialists.

Lumetra is still accepting enrollment applications for providers to participate in the program.  To learn more please contact CTAP@lumetrasolutions.com.

MEDI-CAL EHR INCENTIVE PROGRAM UPDATES

Greenway Health EHR

Because Greenway Health EHR has determined that its software is calculating some MU measures incorrectly, going forward the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) will not be able to approve and pay incentive payments to a provider using Greenway products until Greenway has issued a corrected software update and the provider submits updated data to DHCS. This will probably not occur until after the close of the attestation period (March 31, 2019) for program year 2018.

Providers using Greenway products should submit their attestations for program year 2018 by the March 31, 2019 deadline. DHCS staff will contact providers about submitting updated data before approving payments.

For a list of affected Greenway products click here.

2019 Attestations

DHCS hopes to have 2019 attestations open beginning April 1, 2019 with the following criteria:

  • Attestations for the 2019 program year will be available for Stage 3 only.
  • All providers will have a 90-day MU reporting period.
  • Providers do not have to use 2015 CEHRT for the entire year, but must use 2015 CEHRT for the entire 90-day MU reporting period.
  • Providers that have not reported MU previously will have a 90-day CQM reporting period, and providers that have reported MU previously will have an entire calendar year CQM reporting period.
  • Only hospitals that successfully attested to MU in 2018 can attest for MU in 2019.
  • Only professionals that successfully attested to AIU or MU in the past can attest to MU for 2019.

2018 Attestations

The State Level Registry will close for 2018 attestations on March 31, 2019. Providers are able to attest to either Stage 2 or Stage 3.  (Attestation to Stage 3 is optional.)

  • All providers have a 90-day MU reporting period.
  • All providers attesting to MU for the first time have a 90-day CQM reporting period and providers that have attested to MU previously have an entire calendar year reporting period.
  • Only hospitals that successfully attested to MU in 2018 can attest for MU 2018.
  • Only professionals that successfully attested to AIU or MU in the past can attest for 2018.

2018 Prequalification Lists

  • The clinic prequalification list can be accessed here.
  • The prequalification list for professionals can be accessed here.

Audits

DHCS is required to conduct audits of hospitals and professionals who receive EHR incentive payments for AIU or MU. Hospitals and professionals should retain documentation supporting their attestations for at least 7 years to be used in case of audit.

Hospitals – DHCS began auditing eligible hospital AIU incentive payments in September 2015. DHCS is scheduling EHR audits in the same manner as the Medi-Cal cost report audits. To the extent possible, the EHR audits will be combined with the cost report audits to minimize disruption to the hospital’s operations and staff.

Professionals – DHCS is currently conducting ongoing audits of a sample of eligible professionals who have received incentive payments for AIU.