Medi-Cal Promoting Interoperability Program
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 established the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for Medicaid and Medicare providers. Beginning in 2011, eligible Medi-Cal professionals and hospitals will be able to receive incentive payments to assist in purchasing, installing, and using electronic health records in their practices. In April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services renamed the EHR Incentive Program to the Promoting Interoperability Program (PIP).
The Health Information Management Division (HIMD), formerly the Office of Health Information Technology, was established in DHCS to develop goals and metrics for the program, establish policies and procedures, and to implement systems to disburse, track, and report the incentive payments. HIMD works closely with the Office of the Deputy Secretary for Health Information Technology in the California Health and Human Services Agency to coordinate the Medi-Cal PIP with wider health information exchange efforts throughout California and the nation.
DHCS is no longer accepting new attestations for PIP incentive payments. The final deadline to submit an attestation for the PIP was September 15, 2021. According to federal regulations, DHCS must make all final PIP incentive payments by December 31, 2021.
You may contact HIMD by email at: Medi-Cal.EHR@dhcs.ca.gov.
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