HHS Publishes Program Plan for ARRA Incentives

The Department of Health and Human Services released its program plan for enacting the health IT incentives provisions called for in ARRA. By the end of 2009, HHS will have drafted necessary program policies and published them for public comment. These policies will include a definition of “meaningful use.” HHS will also use this year to plan necessary support for the program, including a national outreach program. In 2010 HHS plans...

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ARRA Updates – Week of May 17

May is a busy month for the health IT provisions in ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (or “stimulus bill”). Federal groups scrambled to meet a number of deadlines last week. The Health IT Policy Committee met May 11, just several days after its full membership was announced. ONC head David Blumenthal wanted the group to meet before the Health IT Standards Committee held its first meeting at the end of that week, per its...

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Defining “Meaningful Use” in ARRA

For the past two days the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics has been hearing testimony from the industry on what constitutes the “meaningful use” of health IT. Defining the term is no small matter, as it triggers $17 billion in Medicare and Medicaid incentives for the adoption of electronic health record systems. The incentives are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA. Under the provision, an...

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