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Questions and answers about the MPIP program
Medicaid Provider Incentive Program

No. The Meaningful Use measures for both MPIP and the Medicare EHR incentive program are the
same. For detailed information about Meaningful Use measures and links to the Stage 1 and Stage 2
Meaningful Use specification sheets, please see the CMS Meaningful Use page at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index

A returning applicant will only need to re-register with CMS if any of the eligible provider’s registration information (i.e. demographics, payee information) has changed since the previous payment year. If their registration information has changed, the eligible provider should first update their information at the CMS
registration website at https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/loginCredentials.action. Once the information has been updated with CMS, MPIP will receive the updates and invite the eligible provider to re-enroll. If the eligible provider’s registration information has not changed since the previous payment year, the
eligible provider may re-enroll in MPIP by going directly to the MPIP system, https://www.ohiompip.com/OHIO/enroll/logon. Before enrolling in MPIP, take a look at the Checklists for AIU and Meaningful Use that are available on the MPIP Resource Page. Eligible Hospitals will be required to enroll with MPIP and attest to all program requirements (i.e. patient volume) each year they seek an incentive payment.

Billable services provided by an eligible provider to a patient enrolled in Medicaid would count toward meeting the minimum Medicaid patient volume thresholds. Examples of Medicaid encounters under this expanded definition that could be newly eligible might include: behavioral health services, HIV/AIDS treatment, or other services that might not be billed to Medicaid/managed care for privacy reasons, but where the provider has a mechanism to verify eligibility. Also, services to a Medicaid-enrolled patient that might not have been reimbursed by Medicaid (or a Medicaid managed care organization) may now be included in the Medicaid patient volume calculation (e.g., oral health services, immunization, vaccination and women’s health services, , telemedicine/telehealth, etc.). Providers who are not currently enrolled with their state Medicaid agency who might be newly eligible for the incentive payments due to these changes should note that they are not necessarily required to fully enroll with Medicaid in order to receive the payment. In some instances, it may now be appropriate to include services denied by Medicaid in calculating patient volume. It will be appropriate to review denial reasons. If Medicaid denied the service for timely filing or because another payer’s payment exceeded the potential Medicaid payment, it would be appropriate to include that encounter in the calculation. If Medicaid denied payment for the service because the beneficiary has exceeded service limits established by the Medicaid program, it would be appropriate to include that encounter in the calculation. If Medicaid denied the service because the patient was ineligible for Medicaid at the time of service, it would not be appropriate to include that encounter in the calculation. Reference: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/Downloads/FAQ_Medicaid.pdf.

Eligible professionals may not be hospital-based. An eligible professional who furnishes 90% or more
of their covered professional services in sites of service identified by the codes used in the HIPAA
standard transaction as an inpatient hospital or emergency room (ER) setting in the year preceding the
payment year is considered to be hospital-based. The only instance where a hospital-based provider may be eligible for MPIP is when an eligible professional who meets the definition of a hospital-based professional but who can demonstrate to MPIP that they fund the acquisition, implementation, and maintenance of certified EHR technology (CEHRT), including supporting hardware and interfaces needed for Meaningful Use without reimbursement from an eligible hospital, and use the CEHRT in the inpatient or emergency department (ED) of a hospital (instead of the eligible hospital’s CEHRT).

No. If an eligible professional meets the requirements of both MPIP and the Medicare EHR Incentive Program, they must choose to participate in either MPIP or the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

Yes, so long as the professional meets the definition of an “eligible professional” and meets other
program specific requirements, they may be eligible to participate in MPIP. Eligible professionals include: Physicians (MD or DO), Optometrists, Dentists, Advanced Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants (PA) practicing through an FQHC or RHC that is "so-led" by a PA. “So-led” refers to a scenario in which a PA is the primary provider in a clinic (for example, when there is a parttime physician and the PA is full time, the PA will be considered as the primary provider); when the PA is a clinical or Medical director at a clinical site or practice; or when a PA is an owner of an RHC.

Yes. Eligible professionals may use their own payee information or reassign the payment to an employer or entity that has a contractual agreement with the eligible professional allowing the employer or entity to bill and receive payment for their professionally covered services. The employer or entity for which payment is reassigned must be an Ohio Medicaid Provider with an active Ohio Medicaid Provider Agreement. Assignment of the incentive payment must be consistent with applicable Medicaid laws, rules and regulations, including without limitation, those related to fraud, waste and abuse. Election to re-assign payment must be made at the time of CMS registration and requires a payee Tax Identification Number (TIN) and a payee National Provider Identifier (NPI).

Eligible professionals are no longer able to switch programs. The last year to switch was Program Year 2016 which closed in March 2016. Eligible professionals who switched to MPIP from the Medicare EHR incentive program were placed in the payment year that the eligible professional would have been in had the eligible professional remained in the Medicare EHR incentive payment program.

Yes. If the MPIP system makes an adverse preliminary determination regarding an eligible professional’s or eligible hospital’s application or the eligible professional or eligible hospital does not agree with the incentive payment amount, an eligible professional or eligible hospital may request for an informal review via the MPIP system by initiating an appeal, within 15 calendar days of the notification. Supporting documentation may also be submitted with the request.

Yes. Eligible hospitals that meet all of the following qualifications may be ‘Dually-Eligible’ for both MPIP and the Medicare EHR Incentive Program: 1. Be a sub-section(d) hospital in the 50 U.S. States or the District of Columbia; 2. Have a CMS Certification Number ending in 0001-0879; and 3. Have at least 10% Medicaid patient volume.

No. Meaningful Use cannot be calculated or averaged on the group level. MPIP incentive payments are made on a per eligible professional basis, not by practice. Each eligible professional will need to demonstrate the full requirements of Meaningful Use in order to qualify for EHR incentive payments.

Yes. If an eligible professional or eligible hospital includes out-of-state encounters in their numerator, they must also include all out-of-state encounters in their denominator for the same representative time period in the denominator. Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals are required to provide documentation to support the use of out-of-state encounters.

No. The updates to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs are not retroactive and 
cannot be applied to previous payment years.

A single consolidated annual incentive payment will be made to the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) selected at the time of CMS registration, through the State  financial system. Payments will be made on a rolling basis as soon as the state has verified and confirmed that the eligible professional or eligible hospital has met the required criteria for AIU or has demonstrated Meaningful Use. Incentive payments are usually made four to six weeks after successful attestation in MPIP. An eligible professional or eligible hospital can see the status of their MPIP payment in the MPIP system by going to the status home page and viewing enrollment status and details.

Starting in 2014, eligible professionals must report 9 of 64 CQMs and eligible hospitals must report on 16 of 29 CQMs, regardless of their stage of Meaningful Use. All providers must select a CQM from at least 3 of 6 key health care policy domains from the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Quality Strategy (NQS): Patient and Family Engagement, Patient Safety, Care Coordination, Population and Public Health, Efficient Use of Healthcare Resources, Clinical Processes/Effectiveness. 

Eligible hospitals can calculate patient volume in one of two ways: 1. Divide the total Medicaid encounters in any representative, continuous 90-day period in the fiscal year preceding the hospitals' payment year by the total encounters in the same 90-day period; or 2. Divide the total Medicaid encounters in any representative, continuous 90-day period in the 12 months before the hospital's attestation by the total encounters in the same 90-day period. For the purposes of calculating patient volume, a Medicaid encounter means services rendered to an individual on any one day where: Medicaid paid for part or all of the service; Medicaid paid all or part of the individual's premiums, co-payments, and/or cost-sharing; The individual was enrolled in a Medicaid program at the time the billable service was provided

Eligible professionals can calculate patient volume in one of two ways: Divide the total Medicaid patient encounters in any representative, continuous 90-day period in the calendar year (CY) preceding the eligible professional’s payment year by the total patient encounters in the same 90-day period; or Divide the total Medicaid patient encounters in any representative, continuous 90-day period in the 12 months before the eligible professional's attestation by the total patient encounters in the same 90-day period. For the purposes of calculating patient volume, a Medicaid encounter means services rendered to an individual on any one day where:
Medicaid paid for part or all of the service; Medicaid paid all or part of the individual's premiums, co-payments, and cost-sharing; The individual was enrolled in a Medicaid program at the time the billable service was provided.

To meet certain Meaningful Use objectives, eligible professionals and eligible hospitals may have the option of including individual patients who are not contained in the certified EHR system. CMS has provided detailed information about how to report each Meaningful Use measure, including how to calculate the numerator and the denominator. Please see the CMS Meaningful Use specifications sheets for detailed information.

The denominator equals all possible patients that could have met the measure and not just the Medicaid patients. When calculating a measure with percentages, the denominator should include the total possible population for each measure. The denominator is one of the following two types depending on the measure: All patients whether or not their records are kept using the EHR technology; or Only includes patients, or actions taken on behalf of those patients, whose records are kept using the EHR technology.

The numerator equals the number of actual patients that meet the measure and not just the Medicaid patients. The numerator is one of the following two types depending on the measure: All patients seen or admitted during the EHR reporting period that meet the measure such as, all patients that have an active medication list in the EHR; or A subset of patients seen or admitted during the EHR reporting period that met the measure or the total of the action taken.

Dually Eligible Hospitals must first attest to Meaningful Use with the Medicare EHR incentive program. Once a dually eligible hospital has successfully met Meaningful Use for the Medicare program, they will be deemed a meaningful user for MPIP. Dually Eligible Hospitals must re-enroll in MPIP and meet program specific requirements.

First year applicants are required to register with CMS at https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/loginCredentials.action. Upon successful registration with CMS, eligible hospitals will receive an email from the MPIP system inviting them to enroll in MPIP. Returning applicants may log directly into the MPIP system. All eligible
professionals can enroll in MPIP at https://www.ohiompip.com/OHIO/enroll/logon. Before enrolling in MPIP, take a look at the Eligible Hospital Checklist for AIU or the Eligible Hospital Checklist for Meaningful Use worksheets that are available on the MPIP Resource Page. Eligible Hospitals will be required to enroll with MPIP and attest to all program requirements (i.e. patient volume) each year they seek an incentive payment.

First year applicants are required to register with CMS at https://ehrincentives.cms.gov/hitech/loginCredentials.action. Upon successful registration with CMS, eligible professionals will receive an email from the MPIP system inviting them to enroll in MPIP. Returning applicants may log directly into the MPIP system. All eligible professionals can enroll in MPIP at https://www.ohiompip.com/OHIO/enroll/logon. Before enrolling in MPIP, take a look at the Eligible Professional Checklist for AIU or the Eligible Professional Checklist for Meaningful Use worksheets that are available on the MPIP Resource Page. Eligible professionals will be required to enroll with MPIP and attest to all program requirements (i.e. patient volume) each year they seek an incentive payment.

Beginning in Payment Year 2013, some Stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria will be updated for eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs). A new Stage 1 Core Objective will also be introduced in Payment Year 2014. For complete information please visit https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/EducationalMaterials for a list of CMS Final Rule links.

Eligible professionals practicing predominantly through an FQHC or RHC can calculate needy individual patient volume in one of two ways: 1. Divide the total needy individual patient encounters in any continuous 90-day period, beginning on the first day of a month, in the preceding calendar year (CY), by the total patient encounters in the same 90-day period; or 2. Divide the total needy individual patient encounters in any continuous 90-day period, beginning on the first day of a month, in the 12 months before the elPlease note that at least one clinical location used in the calculation of patient volume must have CEHRT during the payment year for which the eligible professional attests to adopting, implementing or upgrading to or meaningful use. For the purposes of calculating needy individual patient volume, a Needy Individual encounter means services rendered to an individual on any one day where: Medicaid or CHIP paid for part or all of the service; Medicaid or CHIP paid all or part of the individual's premiums, co-payments, or cost-sharing; The individual was enrolled in a Medicaid program at the time the billable service was provided The services were furnished at no cost; The services were paid for at a reduced cost based on a sliding scale determined by the individual's ability to pay. Note: If uncompensated care is used, eligible professionals will be required to downward adjust the uncompensated care figure to eliminate bad debt data. Bad debts are amounts considered to be uncollectible from accounts and notes receivable that were created or acquired in providing services. ‘‘Accounts receivable’’ and ‘‘notes receivable’’ are designations for claims arising from the furnishing of services, and are collectible in money in the relatively near future. Providers should use cost reports, or other auditable records, to identify bad debt.

MPIP follows a 7-step calculation to arrive at the Aggregate EHR amount. In summary, the aggregate EHR incentive amount is the total amount the hospital could receive in Medicaid payments over a theoretical four years of the program. It is the product of two factors: 1) The overall EHR amount and 2) The Ohio Medicaid Share. A onetime payment calculation will be completed during payment year one and the total payment will be distributed over four payment years. In payment year one, the payment will be 40% of the total, 30% in payment year two, 20% in payment year three and 10% in payment year four. As long as an eligible hospital meets all necessary requirements to qualify for an incentive payment, they will receive the federally specified incentive payment amount, regardless of the purchase or implementation costs of their EHR system. Note: If an eligible hospital switches to an EHR incentive program in a different state, then the total incentive payments they receive over all payment years of the program cannot exceed the aggregate EHR incentive amount calculated by the State they began with.

Eligible professionals can receive up to $63,750 in incentive payments over a six-year period ($21,250 in the first year, and $8,500 for up to five subsequent years). Pediatricians attesting to greater than 20% but less than 30% patient volume are limited to $42,500 over a six-year period ($14,167 in the first year and $5,667 for up to five subsequent years). Pediatricians with 30% Medicaid patient volume may be eligible to receive the maximum incentive payment amount. Pediatricians can qualify for MPIP at either 20% or 30% Medicaid patient volume and there is no sliding scale between 20% and 30%. As long as an eligible professional meets all necessary requirements to qualify for an incentive  payment, they will receive the federally specified incentive payment amount, regardless of the purchase or implementation costs of their EHR system.

Meaningful Use or Promoting Interoperability requirements may differ for each program year. Please refer to the MPIP resource page at  MPIP Resources for information on current program year requirements.

Eligible hospitals will be asked to select a method for determining ED patients included in the denominator for certain measures. Eligible hospitals may choose one of the following methods to be applied to all measures: Observation Service Method, Patients admitted to inpatient setting through the ED, and Patients treated in the ED’s observation unit (POS 22 and 23). All ED Visits Method, All ED visits (POS 23) In addition, Dually Eligible Hospitals must attest to Medicare first. If a Dually Eligible Hospital is a meaningful user under Medicare, they will be deemed a meaningful user for MPIP if they meet all the other Medicaid program requirements. 

 For eligible professionals, at least 80% of unique patients must have their data contained in a certified EHR during the EHR reporting period and at least 50% of all  encounters for eligible professionals who work at multiple sites must take place at a location/locations equipped with certified EHR technology. 

Eligible hospitals must meet one of the following patient volume requirements: A minimum patient volume of 10% attributable to individuals enrolled in a Medicaid program; Children’s Hospitals are exempt from the patient volume requirement.

Eligible professionals must meet one of the following patient volume requirements: A minimum patient volume of 30% attributable to individuals enrolled in a Medicaid program; A minimum patient volume of 20% attributable to individuals enrolled in a Medicaid program and be a Pediatrician; or A minimum patient volume of 30% attributable to needy individuals and practice predominantly through an FQHC/RHC. For the purposes of MPIP eligibility determination, a Pediatrician is a medical doctor who diagnoses, treats, examines, and prevents diseases and injuries in children. A Pediatrician must hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree and hold a current, in good-standing board certification in Pediatrics through either the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP), the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Urology or a current, in good standing, pediatric subspecialty certificate recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. An eligible professional “practices predominantly” through FQHC or RHC when the clinical location for over 50% of his or her total patient encounters over a period of 6 months within the most recent calendar year or, within the 12-month period preceding attestation, occurs at an FQHC or RHC. 

 In Payment Year 2014, all providers, regardless of their stage of Meaningful Use, will only be required to demonstrate Meaningful Use for a consecutive 90-day EHR  reporting period. This one-time consecutive 90-day reporting period will allow eligible professionals and eligible hospitals time to upgrade to 2014 CEHRT. Medicaid only providers (eligible professionals and Children’s Hospitals) may use any consecutive 90-day reporting period in the FFY (eligible hospitals) or CY (eligible professionals). Dually eligible hospitals will be asked to select one of the following 90-day EHR reporting periods, based on the quarter of the fiscal year, for 2014:
October 1 , 2013 through December 31, 2013, January 1, 2014 through March 31, 2014, April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014, July 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014.

The following definitions apply to adopting, implementing or upgrading (AIU) to CEHRT: Adopt: to acquire, purchase or secure access to certified electronic health record (EHR) technology capable of meeting meaningful use (MU) requirements; or Implement: Installing or commencing utilization of certified EHR technology capable of meeting Meaningful Use requirements; or Upgrade: 1) Expanding the available functionality of certified EHR technology capable of meeting Meaningful Use requirements at the practice site, including staffing, maintenance, and training, or 2) Upgrading from existing EHR technology to certified EHR technology per the EHR certification criteria published by the ONC. Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be required to report which certified product they adopted, implemented or upgraded to and upload supporting documentation that shows a financially and/or legally binding agreement (i.e. contract, EHR software license) in the MPIP system. 

Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be required to maintain documentation that verifies their attestation for no less than seven years following the last day of the calendar year in which a payment related to the attestation has been received. In the event of an active audit, eligible professionals and eligible hospitals will be required to maintain documentation until the audit and any appeal of the audit is resolved. 

Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals enrolling in MPIP for the first time will have the option of attesting to Adopt, Implement or Upgrade to (AIU) or 90-day Meaningful Use. NOTE: Program Year 2016 is the last year an eligible professional may enroll for payment year 1 and remain eligible to continue participation. Eligible hospitals must receive an incentive payment in Program Year 2017 in order to remain eligible for any remaining payments thereafter.

Eligible hospitals must report on: All 14 federally defined core objectives; 5 out of 10 federally defined menu set objectives (at least 1 of the 5 must be a public health objective); and Federally defined clinical quality measures (CQMs).

Eligible professionals must report on: All 15 federally defined core objectives; 5 out of 10 federally defined menu set objectives (at least 1 of the 5 must be a public health objective); and Federally defined clinical quality measures (CQMs).

Stage 2 Meaningful Use reporting will be available for eligible hospitals in Payment Year 2014. Eligible hospitals will report on: 16 core measures, 3 of 6 menu measures.

Stage 2 Meaningful Use reporting will be available for eligible professionals in Payment Year 2014. Eligible professionals will report on: 17 core measures, 3 of 6 menu measures.

A CMS EHR Certification ID is an alpha-numeric combination that identifies the certified EHR technology being used to demonstrate Meaningful Use and must be entered during attestation. This unique CMS EHR Certification ID can be obtained by entering the certified EHR technology’s
product information at the Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) on the ONC website: http://healthit.hhs.gov/chpl. NOTE: The ONC CHPL Product Number issued to your vendor for each certified technology is different than the CMS EHR Certification ID. Only a CMS EHR Certification ID obtained through the CHPL will be
accepted at attestation.

Unique Patient (Eligible Professionals): if a patient is seen by an eligible professional more than once during the EHR reporting period, then for purposes of measurement, that patient is only counted once in the denominator for the measure. Unique Patient (Eligible Hospitals): if a patient is admitted to an eligible hospital’s inpatient or emergency department (POS 21 or 23) more than once during the EHR reporting period, then for purposes of measurement, that patient is only counted once in the denominator for the measure. Note: All Meaningful Use measures relying on the term ‘‘unique patient’’ relate to what is contained in the patient’s medical record. Not all of this information will need to be updated or even be needed by the provider at every patient encounter. This is especially true for patients whose encounter frequency is such that they would see the same provider multiple times in the same EHR reporting period.

An eligible hospital must be one of the following: Acute Care Hospital where the average length of stay is 25 days or fewer (length of stay will be calculated on FFY); have a CMS Certification Number (CCN) with the last four digits in the series 0001-0879 or 1300-1399 (critical access hospitals and cancer hospitals are included in the
definition of acute care hospitals and will be eligible for the Medicaid hospital incentive insofar as they meet the requirements under an acute care hospital); or Children’s Hospital that is separately certified and is either a freestanding hospital or a hospital within- a hospital that has a CMS certification number (CCN) that has the last 4 digits in the series 3300-3399; or does not have a CCN but has been provided an alternative number by CMS for
purposes of enrollment in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program as a Children's Hospital; and
predominantly treats individuals under 21 years of age.

Certified EHR technology means a product is consistent with the guidelines established by the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC). In order to qualify for an MPIP incentive payment, eligible professionals and eligible hospitals are required to select and implement only certified EHR products consistent with the ONC guidelines.

MPIP is Ohio's Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program. MPIP provides incentive payments to eligible professionals and eligible hospitals as they adopt, implement, upgrade (AIU) to or demonstrate Meaningful Use (MU) of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology.

Meaningful Use is categorized into three different stages that build on each other. The purpose of Stage 1 Meaningful Use is to set the baseline for electronic data capturing and information sharing that can be built on during Stage 2 and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use. This baseline provides a starting point to measure how certified EHR technology is improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare services; reducing health disparities; engaging patients and families in their healthcare; improving care coordination; improving population and public health; and maintaining the privacy and security of patient information.

An eligible hospital may receive a first-year incentive payment as early as 2011 and payments issued after the first payment year may continue for a maximum of three years. Prior to FFY 2016, payments may be made to an eligible hospital on a non-consecutive, annual basis. After FFY 2016, an eligible hospital may not receive an incentive payment unless it received an incentive payment in the prior FFY (i.e. an eligible hospitals must receive an incentive payment in FFY 2016 in order to receive an incentive payment in FFY 2017). Incentive payments are usually made four to six weeks after successful attestation in MPIP. Eligible hospitals may receive one payment from MPIP per federal fiscal year (FFY).

An eligible professional may receive a first-year incentive payment as early as 2011 and payments after the first payment year may continue for a maximum of five years. Eligible professionals may receive incentive payments in non-consecutive years and the last year for eligible professionals to enroll in payment year one is 2016. Incentive payments are usually made four to six weeks after successful attestation in MPIP. Eligible professionals may receive one payment per CY.

Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals may take an exclusion for an objective if an exclusion is offered and they meet the requirements for the exclusion. Not every Meaningful Use measure offers an exclusion and exclusions do not prevent a provider from achieving Meaningful Use. 

Please visit the Medicaid Provider Incentive Program website for current program requirements. Tip sheets are also available by selecting the MPIP Resources page.

For more information about Public Health objectives, please visit the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) website https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/meaningful-use-and-the-quality-payment-program/welcome-to.

For more information on CQM reporting, please visit the CMS CQM webpage at  https://cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/ClinicalQualityMeasures.

Eligible professionals include: Physicians (MD or DO), Optometrists, Dentists, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants (PA) practicing through an FQHC or RHC that is so-led by a PA. For the purposes of MPIP eligibility determination, a Pediatrician is a medical doctor who diagnoses, treats, examines, and prevents diseases and injuries in children. A Pediatrician must hold a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) degree and hold a current, in good-standing board certification in Pediatrics through either the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics (AOBP), the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Radiology or the American Board of Urology or a current, in good standing, pediatric subspecialty certificate recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. For the purposes of MPIP eligibility determination, “so-led” refers to a scenario in which a PA is the primary provider in a clinic (for example, when there is a part-time physician and the PA is full time, the PA will be considered as the primary provider); when the PA is a clinical or medical director at a clinical site or practice; or when a PA is an owner of an rural health clinic (RHC). Eligible professionals must be an Ohio Medicaid Provider with an active Ohio Medicaid Provider Agreement and meet other program specific requirements.

An eligible professional practicing predominantly through an FQHC or RHC must have a minimum 30% patient volume attributable to needy individuals. An eligible professional “practices predominantly” through an FQHC or RHC when the clinical location for over 50% of his or her total patient encounters over a period of 6 months within the most recent calendar year or, within the 12-month period preceding attestation occurs at an FQHC or RHC. 

Eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that have the option to participate in either MPIP or the Medicare EHR Incentive Programs may be subject to a Medicare Payment Adjustment unless they are meaningful users of certified EHR technology. Medicaid eligible professionals and hospitals that can only participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program and do not bill Medicare are not subject to these payment adjustments. For more information about Medicare payment adjustments, please visit the CMS Promoting Interoperability page at https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EHRIncentivePrograms/index.

MPIP will no longer adjusts patient volume by an SCHIP factor.