HHS Announces First Regional Extension Centers
The Department of Health and Human Services announced the first group of regional extension centers today, part of nearly $1 billion in awards made for health IT-related projects.
More than $375 million was awarded to 32 nonprofit organizations to support primary care providers in selecting, implementing, and using health IT. The centers will provide education, outreach, and technical assistance.
HHS will award a second round of contracts in the coming months. In total, it expects to establish 70 centers that support 100,000 providers through the Health Information Technology Extension Program.
Also announced today were grants for state HIE initiatives and healthcare job training programs.
HHS award $386 million to 40 states and qualified state-designated entities to facilitate health information exchange at the state level.
The job training funds came through the Department of Labor, which awarded more than $225 million to fund 55 training programs in 30 states. The programs, based in community colleges and other local education providers, will train individuals to work in healthcare.
All three programs were established within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed in February 2009.