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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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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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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A Call for HIM Action

The stimulus bill includes provisions for education, outreach, and training around healthcare IT. Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS, offers a look at the significant career development and employment opportunities this offers HIM professionals. Cassidy is a strategic leader for the Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology and a past-director of the AHIMA Board of Directors. Title XIII of the American...

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ARRA: Let the NPRMs Begin

The Federal Trade Commission has its ARRA homework well under way. Yesterday it announced its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on data breach notification. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act establishes the first federal requirements on health data breach reporting and notification. It assigns the Department of Health and Human Services to oversee organizations that qualify as covered entities and business associates under...

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