Background: (year 2016)
I started the attestation process for a SOLO SPECIALIST practice back in 2017. Program is NY Medicaid EHR incentive program, now CMS Promoting Interoperability Program, for the payment year 2016. (Attestation is the year after the payment year) Anyway, during the initial attestation process, in order to meet the MU, they ask you to register with the State or City , if you are located in the NYC, reporting registries; and transmit the information electronically utilizing the EHR you have at the practice.
OK, sounds simple enough. I went into the EHR (Practice Fusion) and followed their steps on how to get connected to ONLY NYSIIS, since the attestation is done for the specialist. Contacted the NYSIIS and after conducting a test connection with the Practice Fusion, the specialist was connected to TRANSMIT to NYSIIS immunizations given to the patients.
P.S. The specialist only transmits flu shots that are administered by the provider during each flu season.
In October/November of 2017 the specialist received an email that ALL providers attesting to the NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program have to register with MURPH. MURPH is Meaningful use Registration for Public Health. In that system the provider registers the INTENT to attest to MU and REPORT to the specialized registries.
Ok, done that!
Now let’s remember that the provider has been transmitting to NYSIIS through Practice Fusion ALL THIS TIME.
Fast forward to June 2018:
After registering now with Healthylink NY, which is another system, the provider now received an email from DOH stating that the specialist is not in the NYSIIS system and therefore needs to register in order to meet MU. WHAT?! This took me aback. I thought that maybe I have done something wrong. NOPE! I quickly went back to Practice Fusion and clicked to Settings, making sure that the provider IS connected to NYSIIS to transmit the Immunizations. Aha! The information is there in black and white! I take a screen shot of the information and send it to DOH. Thinking that the provider was all set.
To my surprise, the next day the provider receives another email regarding this matter informing her that she also needs to register DIRECTLY with NYSIIS in order to do the attestation for NY Medicaid EHR Incentive Program/ CMS Promoting Interoperability.
PCP’s should have access to NYSIIS, to report or look up vaccinations for the patients. However, for specialists that was optional, but signing up to transmit ( ex. flu vaccines) through your EHR was required.
Starting last year Providers (Specialists) need to register first on MURPH system AND starting in 2018 they need to register and obtain the NYSIIS registration number too!
Now don’t fret the registration is fairly easy and takes about 1 week.
After all said and done make sure to answer the email from DOH and give them that NYSIIS registration number, even if you already submitted your ATTESTATION on MIEPASS portal