Regional Extension Centers (RECs) offer unbiased EHR implementation support throughout the implementation process—from start to finish. These organizations, funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), can also serve as a two-way pipeline to local and federal resources.
RECs can help with EHR implementation and project management, vendor selection, workflow redesign, privacy and security, training, ongoing technical assistance, and more.
The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs will provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) as they adopt, implement, upgrade or demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
Medicare EHR Incentive Program
Eligible professionals (EPs) can receive up to $44,000 over five years.
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
EPs can receive up to $63,750 over six years.
Selecting a Certified Health IT Technology
Health care providers who are eligible to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs now have a new tool to help them on their road to meaningful use. The Certified Health IT Product List (CHPL) identifies EHR technologies that have been tested and certified by an ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body (ONC-ATCB) as being technically capable of supporting those providers’ achievement of meaningful use based on Stage 1 criteria outlined in HHS rules published on July 28 of this year.
Recruiting Trained EHR Professionals
As the nation moves toward a more technologically advanced health care system, providers are going to need skilled health IT experts to support them in the adoption and use of electronic health records. The Community College Consortia and University-based training programs prepare the EHR workforce of tomorrow.