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TennCare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Provider Incentive Payment Program

Program Years 2019, 2020, and 2021


Providers can begin submitting their PY 2020 EHR Incentive Attestations on November 1, 2020 IF you are ready. CMS defines “being ready” as having completed your current Security Risk Assessment (SRA). The MU data requirements for PY 2020 is for 90 days of data, including CQMs. You must be using a 2015 Edition CEHRT and meet Stage 3 MU requirements.

DEADLINE for Submission is March 31, 2021, 11:59 P.M., Central Time.

Providers may begin submitting PY 2021 EHR Incentive Attestations on July 1, 2021. However, if you attested to 2020 and plan to attest to 2021, your PY 2020 attestation must either be paid or denied in order for you attest for PY 2021. EPs are limited to 6 EHR Incentive Payments over the life of the program.

Welcome to the home page for the TennCare Medicaid EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program (PIPP), as established under the HITECH Act of 2009. Links on this page will provide you with access to additional information, FAQs, CMS, instructions, and other assistance to aid you in participating in the EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program. Updated information will be provided as the Program matures. The links to the left will provide additional information on the following topics.

  • EHR Incentive Overview – An introduction and history of the TennCare Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
  • How to Register & Attest – Directs you through the process from registering at CMS through attestation on the PIPP portal. You may also want to review our PowerPoint Presentations found under the Resources link.
  • Meaningful Use – Information on how to attest to Meaningful Use
  • Program Integrity & Audit – Both CMS and TennCare do random audits on provider attestations. This section provides some information about that process.
  • Resources – This link will connect you to our PowerPoint Presentations (a step-by-step on how to attest), FAQs, and Acronyms & Glossary 

The information on this web site focuses on the TennCare EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program. Our Eligible Professionals attestation program is now in the post-enrollment stage as we move to the end of the program on December 31, 2021. The Eligible Hospital program (acute care hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), and children's hospitals) is now closed. However, CMS still requires dual Medicare/Medicaid hospitals to report MU data through the Medicare process. 

The CMS web site also has a lot of information and FAQs. CMS has the overall responsibility for the EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program, and the CMS web site is very general in nature. You are more likely to find the answers you need here on TennCare’s web site to participate in the TennCare Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. If you want information about attesting under the MediCARE incentive program, you will need to go to CMS.

This table  is updated weekly showing the number of EPs and EHs who have been received EHR Incentive Payments since the inception of the TennCare EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program. As providers advance from AIU to meaningful use of their EHR systems, we expect both the number of providers and the amounts to rise. Haven’t enrolled yet? Go to the How to Register & Attest page to see how to begin.

On a monthly, and an as-needed basis, TennCare publishes an electronic newsletter to bring you the latest information about the EHR Provider Incentive Payment Program. We occasionally include information from CMS that we feel may be of interest to you.

We are now automatically enrolling all providers who are a part of the EHR Incentive Program. In case we miss you, or you are not yet enrolled, or just want to see what is being posted, you can subscribe by going to E-Blast newsletters. You can also go to E-Blast Newsletters to see past issues.

If you use a consultant to help with attesting: some providers use consultants to assist them in registering and attempting to qualify for the EHR Provider Incentive Program. This is an acceptable practice and TennCare does not have any objections to providers doing so. However, providers need to be aware that some consultants enter their own email address when registering the provider at the CMS R&A web site. As TennCare does all correspondence related to the EHR Incentive Program via email, all email is sent to the address entered when registering at CMS. If you are using a consultant who places their (the consultant’s) email address in your registration, you need to maintain close contact with the consultant as some attestation problems may require your intervention.