As the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program is administered as a partnership between CMS and state Medicaid agencies, registration and attestation are two separate but related processes. The program requires Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs) to:
- Register for the program at the federal level using the CMS Registration & Attestation System.
- Complete annual attestations at the state level via MAPIR, the Medical Assistance Provider Incentive Repository
Registration via CMS System
To participate, an EH or EP must first register with the CMS Registration and Attestation System (R&A) either directly or through a designee authorized to attest on their behalf. The information entered into the registration (name, address, NPI, etc) will be matched against their profile in the Massachusetts Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS).
If there are no discrepancies, the provider's designee will receive a "Welcome to MAPIR" email with instructions about how to access MAPIR, the state's attestation system.
As of Program Year 2017: The Medicaid EHR Incentive Program no longer accepts new participants. The (R&A) remains available for existing participants to update the EP, EH, or designee information.
Attestation via MAPIR System
To complete the annual attestation process, EPs and EHs in Massachusetts need to log in to MAPIR via the Provider Online Service Center on the MassHealth website, using their Virtual Gateway username and password. The MAPIR system guides participants in entering the attestation information that demonstrates that they meet the program requirements:
- The first year of participation, EPs and EHs had to attest that they met the program's eligibility criteria, and demonstrate they had Adopted, Implemented, or Upgraded to (A/I/U) Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT). As of 2014, participants had the option to immediately attest to Meaningful Use in the first year, skipping A/I/U attestation.
Adopt: Acquired, purchased or secured access to CEHRT
Implement: Installed or initiated the use of CEHRT
Upgrade: Expanded the functionality to CEHRT
As of Program Year 2017: The A/I/U incentives are no longer available.
- In participation years 2 through 6, EPs and EHs need to attest that they still meet the program's eligibility criteria, and demonstrate the Meaningful Use of CEHRT.
As of Program Year 2017: The MU incentives are available only to participants who attested and were paid A/I/U and/or MU incentives for prior Program Years.
A list of federally Certified EHR Technology is maintained by ONC on the ONC CHPL website. In 2014 and beyond, all EPs and EHs must submit documentation demonstrating that their EHR technology is certified according to ONC’s 2014 Edition Certification criteria, regardless of which stage of Meaningful Use they have reached.
Registration and Attestation Tools
MassHealth has contracted with MeHI to administer the application and attestation process. If you have any difficulties navigating the process, please contact the MeHI Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Operations staff via email or call Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm.
Virtual Gateway Assistance
When experiencing problems with a username or password for MAPIR, please contact the Virtual Gateway Customer Service, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm.