Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists Are Now Eligible for the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program

July 27, 2016
MeHI, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute


The Massachusetts Medicaid EHR Incentive Program recently received approval from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists (PCNS) will now be eligible to participate in the incentive program as Eligible Professionals (EPs). The inclusion of PCNS makes the EHR incentives more widely available to the Behavioral Health sector.

The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program provides financial incentives to Adopt, Implement, or Upgrade (AIU) and demonstrate Meaningful Use (MU) of Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT).

Alert: Program Year 2016 is the last year EPs, including PCNS, can initiate program participation. Therefore, in order to receive any incentives, PCNS must start participating in 2016. PCNS who join this program year can earn incentives for up to 6 years.

To participate, interested PCNS will need to register and then attest to either AIU or Meaningful Use in Program Year 2016:

  • Register now via the CMS Registration & Attestation System website. PCNS must register as Nurse Practitioners, and may subsequently need to complete a Special Enrollment for PCNS;
  • PCNS can start Program Year 2016 attestation on August 15, 2016. The deadline to complete the attestation is March 31, 2017.

MeHI is pleased to announce a webinar series designed to assist PCNS and their organizations in understanding the incentive program requirements. The following topics will be discussed in detail: 

  • Registration & Special Enrollment for PCNS
  • Patient Volume Threshold (PVT) Requirements
  • Adopt, Implement & Upgrade (AIU) to Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT)

Organizations that already participate in the program only need to get acquainted with the registration and Special Enrollment for PCNS, and are advised to attend at least the first webinar.

Organizations new to the program need to become acquainted with the AIU, MU and PVT requirements, registration, Special Enrollment, and attestation. They are advised to attend all webinars.

Webinar Information: 

PCNS - Registration and Special Enrollment

How to initiate participation in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program?

Monday, August 1st  | 12:00 PM | Register

PCNS - Patient Volume Threshold (PVT)

How to calculate my Patient Volume Threshold?

Tuesday, August 2nd | 12:00 PM | Register


PCNS – Adopt, Implement, Upgrade to Certified EHR Technology

What are the next steps to either Adopt, Implement or Upgrade to a CEHRT?

Wednesday, August 3rd | 12:00 PM | Register


Time has been allotted for questions. Participants may submit questions prior to the webinar by contacting us by phone at 1-855-MassEHR (1-855-627-7347) or via email at