Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program Resources

ForwardHealth Online Handbook

The Online Handbook contains a complete index of policies and procedures applying to the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program published in ForwardHealth Updates. This up-to-date source of program information can be used to gather additional details on topics including (but not limited to) eligibility, patient volume, CEHRT, meaningful use criteria, and supporting documentation.

ForwardHealth Updates

Official publications on the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program can be found below. The Updates below may contain obsolete information. They are to be used for reference or research purposes only. Refer to the Online Handbook for current policy.

Eligible Hospitals

Eligible Professionals

Frequently Asked Questions and Tip-sheets

The following questions and answers are provided by the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and pertain only to the EHR Incentive Program administered by Wisconsin Medicaid.

  • Eligible Professional FAQ, P-00358A
  • Eligible Hospital FAQ, P-00358B
  • Preparing for Stage 3 Tip sheet, P-02026. This document was created to help Eligible Professionals understand Stage 3 requirements and prepare for attestation. It contains information about the evolution of Meaningful Use objectives from Modified Stage 2 to Stage 3 and explains all the new objective and measure requirements.
  • Objective 0 Tip sheet. Eligible Professionals are required to attest to cooperating with the Office of National Coordinator of Health Information Technology’s (ONC) EHR system surveillance and review activities. Eligible Professionals will answer the ONC questions in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program application, Objective 0.

User Guides

Below are step-by-step guides to help you navigate the process of applying for a Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Please choose the guide that fits your needs:

Webinars and On-Demand Videos

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and other Federal Resources

CMS Federal Rules and Regulations

Stage 1: Final Rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. Published to the Federal Register on July 28, 2010. CMS announced their final rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, including the definition of Meaningful Use. Under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009, eligible health care professionals and hospitals can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt CEHRT and use it to achieve specified objectives.

Stage 2: Final Rule for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. Published to the Federal Register on 09/04/12. CMS released their final rule for Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs, including changes to Stage 1 meaningful use, expansions of eligibility requirements, and definition of additional meaningful use requirements.

2014 CEHRT Flexibility Final Rule. On 09/04/14, CMS released a final rule that grants flexibility to providers who are unable to fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT for an EHR reporting period in 2014 due to delays in 2014 Edition CEHRT availability.

Stage 3 and Modifications to Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017 Final Rule. On October 6, 2015, CMS published a final rule introducing new criteria Eligible Professionals must meet in order to participate in the Wisconsin Medicaid EHR Incentive Program in Program Year 2015 and all subsequent Program Years. Changes include:

  • The removal of redundant, duplicative, or topped out measures.
  • The modification of patient engagement objectives requiring patient action.
  • A consolidated public health reporting objective with measure options.

Federally Certified Health IT Product List

The Certified Health IT Product List provides the authoritative, comprehensive listing of Complete EHRs and EHR Modules that have been tested and certified under the Temporary Certification Program maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. In order to complete an application for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program applicants will need the CMS EHR Certification ID provided through this website:

CMS Program Timeline

For information about the program timeline, refer to the CMS Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Milestone Timeline. Eligible Professionals can also use the interactive EHR Participation Timeline (exit DHS).

CMS Eligible Hospitals Information

CMS Eligible Professionals Information

Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program Payment and Registration Reports

CMS has posted statistics and pertinent information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs on the Data and Reports portion of their website.

More CMS Information

For more CMS resources, including a list of FAQs, refer to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program website. To stay up-to-date on the latest federal news related to the EHR Incentive Programs, subscribe to the CMS EHR Listserv.

Wisconsin eHealth Program Resources

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) eHealth Program is to facilitate improvements in Wisconsin’s health care quality, safety, transparency, efficiency, and cost effectiveness through statewide adoption and use of EHRs and health information exchange (HIE). Access to the right health care information at the right time by providers and patients will promote the delivery of safe, optimum health care in Wisconsin.

Read more here: Wisconsin eHealth Program

Last Revised: January 30, 2018