University programs across the U.S. have received $32 million through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act — part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– to develop specific IT capabilities for health-care professionals. HITECH funding is supporting training programs at 82 community colleges, curriculum development for use in community colleges and other higher education institutions, and the development of competency examinations. Totaling $118 million, this funding is intended to supply health-care providers with highly skilled experts needed for the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health records.
Over the next 3 years approximately 1,700 graduate-level students will receive tuition assistance for nine university programs nationwide. To date, about 650 students have enrolled and more than 400 will graduate between May and August 2011.
Visit the Health and Human Services website to find out more about HITECH Act funding and read the stories of professionals who have received assistance.
Registration began this Monday, January 3rd, for the Department of Health and Human Services’ E-Health Records Incentive Program, funded by the Recovery Act.
Under the program eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals who adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology can receive Medicaid incentive payments of up to $63,750 over six years, and Medicare incentive payments of as much as $44,000 over five years.
To find out more about the E-Health Records Incentive Program visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website to find important dates and details about the program.