On May 28, 2009, the new Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Program (“ONC”) published a Federal Register Notice and Request for Comments (the “Notice”) that describes the program ONC proposes to use to establish “Regional Extension Centers” to assist health care providers seeking to adopt and become meaningful users of health information technology under Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B (the “HITECH Act”) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (“ARRA”). The deadline for commenting on the Notice is 5 p.m. on June 11, 2009.
The HITECH Act directs the ONC to establish Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers to provide technical assistance and disseminate best practices and other information to providers to support and accelerate efforts to adopt, implement and effectively utilize electronic health records and other health information technology to improve the quality and value of American health care. ARRA appropriates a total of $2 billion in discretionary funding, in addition to incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs for providers’ adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology.
The Notice describes how ONC plans to establish the Regional Health Program and their goals. It also includes information and addresses needed to submit comments on this draft program description for the regional centers program. To review the Notice online, click on the following link: Federal Register Notice.
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