By making changes in the State Plan for the Medi-Cal program, DHCS has been able to establish eligibility for optometrists to participate in the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program.  However, the web-based portal for the program, the State Level Registry (SLR), has not yet been updated to be able to accept applications from optometrists. DHCS is working with its SLR vendor, Xerox, on this issue and anticipates that the SLR will be updated in time for optometrists to apply for 2013 incentive payments, but the exact date that this will be accomplished remains uncertain. 

In the meantime, DHCS recommends that all groups and clinics currently registering for the 2013 program year include optometrists in their group membership so that the optometrists will be able to utilize the group/clinic eligibility when they are subsequently able to apply to the program.  However, optometrists or their representatives are advised to not attempt to individually apply to the Medi-Cal EHR Incentive Program until DHCS issues a notice that the State Level Registry has been modified to accept their applications.

California Department of Health Care Services
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Sacramento, CA 95814