CMS Changes Name of the EHR Incentive Programs

In April of 2018, CMS made the announcement that they would be changing the name of the EHR Incentive Programs and Advancing Care Information to “Promoting Interoperability”.  The CMS email dated 4/24/2018 contained the following information:


“To continue our commitment to promoting and prioritizing interoperability of health care data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is overhauling and streamlining the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for hospitals as well as for the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one track of the Quality Payment Program. This change will move the programs beyond the existing requirements of meaningful use to a new phase of EHR measurement with an increased focus on interoperability and improving patient access to health information.

To better reflect this focus, effective immediately CMS is renaming:

  • The EHR Incentive Programs to the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs for eligible hospitals, critical access hospitals, and Medicaid providers
  • The MIPS Advancing Care Information performance category to the Promoting Interoperability performance category for MIPS eligible clinicians

Please note that this rebranding does not merge or combine the EHR Incentive Programs and MIPS. In the coming weeks, CMS will be updating its websites and educational resources to reflect this change.”


Over the next several weeks, the name change noted above will be reflected both on the website, and the various guides found on the website.

Additional changes will also be made to the EHR MIPP module of CHAMPS, in the coming weeks.