ONC Increases Funding for RECs

The Office of the National Coordinator will revise the funding for the Regional Extension Centers, offering significantly more support in the second half of the four-year program.

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Updated Practice Briefs, January 2011

Several newly updated practice briefs are available in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge: “The Role of the Personal Health Record in the EHR (Updated)” provides an overview of AHIMA’s PHR initiatives and the current PHR landscape in the healthcare industry. “HIPAA Privacy and Security Training (Updated)” offers guidelines to covered entities to aid in the implementation of the training standards required by HIPAA and HITECH. “HIPAA Security...

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Early Bird: KY Hospital among First to Receive EHR Incentives

Nearly two years after ARRA established a federal incentive program to encourage healthcare providers to adopt and “meaningfully use” EHRs, the first payments were announced January 5. One of the very first organizations to receive a payment was the University of Kentucky HealthCare, which received an initial payment of $2.86 million through the Medicaid incentive program. Carol Steltenkamp, UK HealthCare’s chief medical information...

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HITPC Floats Preliminary Stage 2 Meaningful Use Criteria

The Health IT Policy Committee released a draft of stage 2 meaningful use criteria for public comment, a “preliminary recommendation” that includes heightened measures and new objectives.

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States Issue First EHR Incentive Payments

Two states have made the first EHR incentive payments, just two days after the meaningful use program opened for registration. Oklahoma and Kentucky made a total of three Medicaid payments for “adoption, implemention, or upgrade” of EHR systems on January 5, according to an e-mail announcement from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services. Kentucky issued $2.86 million to the University of Kentucky’s teaching...

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