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What is the definition of Pediatrician for this program?
  • A provider whose Medicaid served population is predominantly pediatric (defined as 90% or more patients with an age of less than 21 years) at time of service;
  • A provider with a valid, unrestricted medical license and board certification in pediatrics through either the ABP or the AOBP

 

Pediatricians demonstrating 30% or greater Medicaid patient volume will be treated identical to other physicians for the purposes of this program and will receive the full incentive if eligible. Pediatricians demonstrating 20-29% Medicaid patient volume will be entitled to receive 2/3 of the incentives, if eligible.

What is the difference between the meaningful use reporting period and the patient volume reporting period?

Eligible Professionals

  • The patient volume reporting period is 90 consecutive days within the calendar year preceding the incentive year, or 90 consecutive days within the last 12 months preceding attestation (90 day time period must in the same calendar year)
  • The meaningful use reporting period is within the same calendar year as the incentive year
    Example: If attesting to program year (incentive year) 2013, the meaningful use period must start and end in 2013

 

Eligible Hospitals
  • The patient volume reporting period is any 90 consecutive days within the Federal Fiscal year preceding the incentive year, or 90 consecutive days within the last 12 months preceding attestation
  • The meaningful use reporting period is within the same Federal Fiscal year as the incentive year
    Example: If attesting to program year (incentive year) 2013, the meaningful use period must start and end in Federal Fiscal year 2013
Which year requires demonstration of meaningful use?
Federal CMS has developed a Timeline tool to assist providers in understanding the timing of the program and when to report meaningful use. Please refer to this timeline tool for assistance.
How is patient volume calculated for groups?

EPs may use a clinic or group practice's patient volume as a proxy for their own under three conditions:

  • The clinic or group practice's patient volume is appropriate as a patient volume methodology calculation for the EP (for example, if an EP only sees Medicare, commercial, or self-pay patients, this is not an appropriate calculation).
  • There is an auditable data source to support the clinic's patient volume determination.
  • The group EPs use the same methodology in each year (in other words, the clinic cannot have some providers using the same encounters in their patient volume when the same encounters were used in a group calculation).

The clinic or practice must use the entire practice's patient volume and not limit it in any way. EPs may attest to patient volume under the individual calculation or the group/clinic proxy in any participation year. Furthermore, if the EP works in both the clinic and outside the clinic (or within and outside a group practice), then the clinic/practice level determination includes only those encounters associated with the clinic/practice.  The following is an example of how an EP would use the group patient volume method:

Examples below:

Example #1

Dr. Sue, a physician practicing in pediatrics, works for ZZ Clinic, YY Clinic and individually. She alone has 19% patient volume therefore does not qualify for the program. 

 
 
Professional Provider Type Medicaid Encounters All Encounters Patient Volume %
Ms. Leigh Dietician 50 100 50
Dr. Tom Physician 34 100 34
Dr. Sue Pediatrician 19 100 19
Dr. Bob Pediatrician 20 100 20
Total   123 400 31

In the example above the pediatricians are part of a group and if you aggregate all of the Medicaid encounters and divide by the number of members you can arrive at the group volume of 123/400 = 31% Medicaid Patient Volume. 

In this example, the group maximized their benefits. Each member of the group would attest to 123 Medicaid encounters and 400 for all encounters allowing all providers in the group to attest to 30% Medicaid volume. Notice in the example above, it is appropriate when using group encounter methodology to include all licensed professionals regardless of eligibility for the program. Dieticians are excluded from participation; however their encounters can be used in calculating group volume.

Summary:

The practice maximized their benefits:

  • The practice was allowed to use all the providers encounters
  • Ms. Leigh is not eligible for the program, but her encounters are able to be used in the group methodology
  • Dr. Tom could have attested as an individual and received the same year 1 incentive of $21,250 because he has more than 30% Medicaid Patient Volume.
  • Dr. Sue would have not been eligible, but based on the calculation can attest and receive the full incentive of $21,250 in her first year of participation.
  • If Dr. Bob would have attested individually he would have received $14,167 in their first year of the program. By utilizing the group methodology he can receive $21,250.

Example #2

Dr. Pete is part of a large group practice with multiple locations consisting of providers that serve some Medicaid and providers that are enrolled but see no Medicaid patients. If the practice calculates the patient volume individually they have wildly varying results from 100% to 10% and would only be eligible for 70% of the clinics professionals. The practice includes professionals that are eligible for the program and some that are not. If the practice calculates the combined total of the group's patient volume based on Payee Tax ID and reaches 30% or more Medicaid utilization, then it is acceptable to use the entire practice's patient volume when attesting. This is the easiest method for HFS to validate.

How is patient volume calculated for EPs practicing predominantly in an FQHC or RHC?
EPs practicing predominantly in an FQHC or RHC will be evaluated according to their “needy individual” patient volume. To be identified as a “needy individual,” patients must meet one of following criteria: (1) received medical assistance from Medicaid or the CHIP; (2) were furnished uncompensated care (Charity Care) by the provider; or (3) were furnished services at either no cost or reduced cost based on a sliding scale determined by the individual’s ability to pay.

Promoting Interoperability Program for Medicaid (eMIPP)

 

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