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Information for Providers

The overall goal of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Provider Incentive Program is to improve the health care of Tennesseans across our great state. A portion of that program is to enhance the connectivity among providers, enabling them to transfer patient health care information to provide needed care, avoid duplication of services, and to avoid possible adverse outcomes due to a lack of knowledge of the patient’s current course of treatment. We want to know what has changed since the incentive program began in 2011 and how we are currently doing.

Eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) participating in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (often referred to as "Meaningful Use") are required to use certified EHR technology in order to receive incentive payments. To get an incentive payment for participation in the program, you must use an EHR that is certified specifically for the EHR Incentive Programs. EHRs certified or qualified for other Medicare or Medicaid incentive programs may not be certified for this program.

To qualify as certified EHR technology for the EHR Incentive Programs, an EHR needs to be tested by one of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology-Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies, otherwise known as the ONC-ATCBs. If an EHR technology has been certified by an ONC-ATCB, it indicates to EPs and eligible hospitals that an EHR technology has the capacities necessary to support their efforts to meet meaningful use goals and objectives.

To see more details on certified EHR technology, visit the CMS website for Certified EHR Technology. If you would like to find a list of certified EHR technologies, see ONC's Certified Health IT Product List.

Through the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing incentive payments to eligible health care professionals and hospitals who adopt certified EHR technology and achieve meaningful use. Make sure to visit the EHR Incentive Programs website for the latest news and updates on the EHR Incentive Programs.

Check out the resources below from CMS to learn more about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs:

Tennessee Medicaid providers should also visit The TennCare Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Provider Incentive Payment Program website.