The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) projects that approximately $18 billion will be paid in incentive payments nationwide from 2011-2012 through the Recovery Act’s Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs. Healthcare professionals and hospitals who adopt and use certified EHR technology will be eligible to receive these funds.
The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT has set up Regional Extension Centers across the country to help providers choose and adopt the certified EHR best suited for their practices. These Regional Extension Centers have also received Recovery Act awards.
Read the full story about the effects of the EHR incentive funds on a small business in Arkansas by visiting the Health and Human Services website. You can also view the list of certified EHR products and their vendors and developers here.
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.