On September 4, 2014, CMS published a final rule that permits 2014 EHR Incentive Program participants more options in the use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for the 2014 EHR reporting period. This rule, referred to as the CEHRT Flexibility Rule, becomes effective on October 1, 2014. As such, the Kentucky Medicaid Program has revised their policies to align with this rule.
Using the CEHRT Flexibility Rule, program participants who have not fully implemented 2014 CEHRT will have the option to attest to Program Year 2014 using 2013 or 2014 EHR Incentive Program objectives and measures.
In conjunction with the CMS CEHRT Flexibility Rule, Kentucky Medicaid has modified their EHR Incentive Program Rules to enable program participants to attest in Program Year 2014 while giving EHR vendors additional time to develop the requisite interfaces for public health reporting. The attestation guidance for Stages 1 and 2 attached below, supersedes all previous guidance issued by Kentucky. Please also find attached the official Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive Program policy changes regarding public health reporting.
Please note that this flexibility is short-term. EHR Incentive Program Year 2015 participants that administer immunizations and attest to Stage 2 will need to ensure their EHR vendor has established connectivity with KHIE prior to their attestation.