The ARRA recently signed into law in February 2009 includes incentives for physician practices and hospitals to implement and demonstrate “ meaningful use ” of a qualified electronic health records system (EHR).
ARRA provides for significant incentives for those physicians and hospitals that are meaningful EHR users .
There are significant penalties for those physicians and hospitals that do not implement EHR prior to 2015.
Practices and hospitals that already have EHR qualify for the incentives as long as the system meets the “qualified” criteria and they can demonstrate “meaningful use”.
The HITECH Act authorizes resources to facilitate the adoption and use of EHRs by providing technical assistance and the capacity to exchange health information.
Regional Centers offer providers within their geographic service areas technical assistance in the selection, acquisition, implementation, and meaningful use of EHRs—including health information exchange (HIE).
Implementation and Project Management: Support end-to-end project management over the entire EHR implementation process, including individualized and on-site coaching, consultation, troubleshooting.
Progress Towards Meaningful Use: Participate in program training and be able to provide effective assistance in attaining meaningful use.
Funding of Extension Centers begins 11 Dec 2009.
Q & A Dan Falke [email_address] (513) 227-2740 Jeff Burke [email_address] (513) 702-6846