Overview of the Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for Eligible Hospitals

Over 5,000 acute care hospitals and critical access hospitals in the United States can participate in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. Most will be able to receive incentive payments from both the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs.

Hospitals eligible to participate in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program include:

  • Acute care hospitals (including critical access hospitals and cancer hospitals) with at least 10% Medicaid patient volume
  • Children’s hospitals (no Medicaid patient volume requirements)

Under the Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, eligible hospitals (EHs) can qualify for incentive payments if they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate the meaningful use of a certified EHR technology (CEHRT) in the first program year, and successfully demonstrate MU in subsequent program years. Medicaid hospitals that qualify may begin receiving incentive payments in any year from federal fiscal year (FFY) 2011 to FFY 2016. There are no payment adjustments under the Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

This web-page is meant to provide a brief introduction to the Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program for EHs. For more detailed information about participation in this program, go to the following CMS “EHR Incentive Programs” web-pages and download the “tip sheets” about eligibility and incentive payment calculations:


Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

In order to qualify for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, EHs must use a CEHRT. To see if your hospital’s EHR is certified, please visit the ONC Certified Health IT Product List website by clicking below:

AIU and MU for Eligible Hospitals

In year one of the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, EHs can skip MU reporting and instead attest to adopting, implementing, or upgrading (AIU) to a CEHRT. MU criteria must be met in subsequent years. Click below to learn more about AIU and MU for eligible hospitals:


EH Interoperability

In order for an EH to comply with MU requirements as the program matures, EHRs will need to communicate electronically with other health information data sources and destinations, including public health entities. This will be facilitated by connecting an EHR to a Qualified Data Sharing Organization and the Michigan Health Information Network (MiHIN). For more information, click below:

MU: Public Health Reporting

EH Registration in the Michigan Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

Registering for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is a two-step process. EHs must first register at the federal level and then with the state of Michigan. To learn more about EH registration, click below: