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Welcome to the Medi-Cal EHR State Level Registry (SLR) for Provider Incentive Payments — Provider Outreach Page

Important Timeline and Deadline Changes for Eligible Professionals

2014 Flexibility Rule Attestations

On April 1, 2015 the SLR will begin accepting 2014 meaningful use (MU) applications from eligible professionals wishing to use the Flexibility Rule. The Flexibility Rule allows professionals who were delayed in accessing 2014 CEHRT due to vendor issues to attest to 2013 Stage 1 objectives and measures in 2014 using CEHRT that was certified to 2011 standards. The Flexibility Rule also allows professionals due to report on Stage 2 in 2014 to instead report on Stage 1 in 2014 if they have been unable to fulfill the Summary of Care objective in Stage 2. Please see the Flexibility Rule Quick Start Guide for further information.

The deadline for applying for both MU and AIU in 2014 has been extended to May 31, 2015 because of the delay in the ability of the SLR to accept 2014 applications under the Flexibility Rule.

2015 MU Attestations

The SLR will not begin accepting MU applications for 2015 until June 1, 2015 in order to prevent overlap of the MU applications periods for 2014 and 2015.

2015 Public Health Registration

The deadline for professionals to register with public health agencies for submitting Stage 2 public health objectives in 2015 is March 1, 2015. However, this deadline will not apply if CMS follows through with its announced intent to change from a full year to a 90-day reporting period in 2015. If this change is implemented the deadline to register with public health agencies will be 60 days after the first day of the 90-day reporting period chosen by the professional.

Switching Between Incentive Programs

The deadline for professionals to apply to CMS to switch between the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive programs has been extended by CMS to March 20, 2015. Professionals will need to access their accounts in the National Level Registry at ( to initiate this one-time switch.

As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, beginning October 3, 2011 Medi-Cal is able to offer eligible practitioners and hospitals substantial financial incentives to adopt, implement or upgrade to CMS-certified electronic health record (EHR) technologies. Initial payments the first year are based on adoption, implementation or upgrade of certified EHR technology, while following annual payments are based on the meaningful use of the EHR technology. Incentive payments are available to eligible hospitals over four years and for eligible professionals over six years.

Professionals and hospitals are required to first register for the program through CMS. The next step is to apply at the State Level Registry through this portal. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for your data to be transferred from The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the State Level Registry, and you will not be able to enter eligibility information or attest until this information has been received.

The page also provides links to valuable resources for professionals and hospitals planning EHR implementation and other health information technology efforts.

Thank you for joining Medi-Cal in realizing the vision of “Connecting California for Better Health.”

Important Web Resources (all links open in new window)

Regional Extension Centers (REC) (all links open in new window)

The HITECH act provides for the establishment of RECs to provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to help primary care providers in their geographic service areas to select, successfully implement and meaningfully use certified Electronic Health Record technology to improve the quality and value of health care.

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