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Medical Assistance Health Information Technology Initiative

Technology has the potential to transform our health care delivery system and improve the quality of care for the patients we serve.  Tools such as electronic health records and a health information exchange, will increase a provider's access to their patient's medical information and will also provide for more efficient information sharing, reducing error rates, and the overall cost of care. Health information technology is now an integral part of a long-term solution for improving the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.

The Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Payment Program was created by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and administered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  This program provides funding to states to develop and administer provider incentive programs.


CMS Flexibility Rule and MAPIR System Upgrade - CMS issued a Final Rule that allows providers to meet meaningful use with EHRs certified to the 2011 or 2014 Edition criteria or a combination of both Editions for an EHR reporting period in 2014. Currently MAPIR is NOT configured to allow you to attest to the Program Year 2013 Meaningful Use (MU) Measures. However, you can attest to the Program Year 2014 Measures for your scheduled stage of MU if you have 2014 Certified EHR technology. NOTE: First year participants may attest to A, I or U but only with 2014 Certified EHR technology. CMS developed a decision tool to help you understand your Program Year 2014 options:

Important Application Dates - The grace period is a time frame in which Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Eligible Professionals (EPs) have the option to continue to apply for the previous program year. Due to the changes imposed by the CMS Flexibility Rule we have been approved by CMS to extend the Grace Period for both EHs and EPs. The grace period for EPs to submit applications for program year 2014 will end on June 30, 2015.

Audits - Another component to the Electronic Health Record Incentive program that has begun is Audits. There is information in the Provider Manuals on this process (beginning on page 22 in the EP Provider Manual and on page 23 in the EH Provider Manual). The Department of Human Services is committed to administering a high-quality and efficient health information technology program and part of this process will include audits. If you are chosen for an audit, you will be notified and more details will be provided. Thank you for your cooperation.

CMS Stage 3 Rule of Meaningful Use - On March 20, 2015 the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) for Stage 3 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs went on display. Comments were submitted by May 29, 2015 and CMS in in the process of reviewing and finalizing this NPRM. As proposed, this rule will give more flexibility and simplify requirements for providers by focusing on advanced use of electronic health records and eliminating requirements that are no longer relevant. It is assumed that this NPRM will be published late summer, early fall. To read this CMS Stage 3 Rule as it was proposed, visit:
To learn more about this program, select from the options below:

Background/Summary of the Medical Assistance Health Information Technology Electronic Health Records Program - This section includes supporting documents that provide more details about the program.

Frequently Asked Questions — This is a summary of the questions/answers pertaining to the Medical Assistance Health Information Technology program.

Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository Resources, or MAPIR. Here are user guides and applications to assist with applying for the program. There are also calculators to assist you with calculating patient volume and a payment calculator for hospitals.

Meaningful Use - This section provides links to documents that include details about Meaningful Use measures and requirements.

eHealth Pod Pilot Program - This pilot project was initiated to help support Behavior Health and Long Term Care providers ability to use their health IT to connect electronically with other providers.

Resources - This section provides links to websites and presentations that provide more information on the Medical Assistance Health Information Technology program.

Contact Us -  Located here is the contact information as well as ways to keep informed about the progress of the program.


MA EHR Incentive Map
By clicking on the title above or the map below, you will be taken to an interactive map showing where the Eligible Professionals and the Eligible Hospitals who received EHR incentive payments are located in Pennsylvania. You will have the opportunity to change and narrow the searches to view different results.
MA EHR Incentive Map