Tag Archive: federal incentives

  • Provider’s EHR journey tells a common tale of fear, then success

    May 2, 2012

    It’s a story we hear all the time: A solo practitioner, with one staff member (often a family member or longtime receptionist), sees the importance of moving toward electronic health records. But the barriers can be daunting: paying for an EHR solution, changing the way you conduct your business, and then navigating the road to ...
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  • CHITREC launches signature Meaningful Use workshop series

    May 2, 2012

    Last month CHITREC held the first meeting of a new workshop series that will serve as a cornerstone for our organization’s future.

    The workshop, titled “Accelerated Education Session for Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records,” received very positive reviews from the 20+ attendees. The four-hour seminar was led by various members of our team and gave ...
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  • CHITREC passes biennial evaluation

    March 1, 2012

    Biennial evaluations are back from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and CHITREC is happy to report that we passed with an “overall positive outcome.” This means that CHITREC is approved to receive its funding during our third and fourth years.

    The review covers our first two years of program accomplishments. It ...
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  • National agencies propose rules for Stage 2 Meaningful Use

    February 24, 2012

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week the next steps for providers who are using electronic health record (EHR) technology and receiving incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid. These proposed rules, from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), ...
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  • Major progress in doctors, hospital use of health information technology

    February 17, 2012

    Kansas City, MO – Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the number of hospitals using health information technology (IT) has more than doubled in the last two years.  She also announced new data showing nearly 2,000 hospitals and more than 41,000 doctors have received $3.1 billion in incentive payments ...
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  • CHITREC Reaches Enrollment Goal of Primary Care Providers

    January 24, 2012

    CHICAGO – The Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) has reached its 100 percent target goal of enrolling 1,486 priority primary care providers to provide individualized assistance in becoming meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs).

    CHITREC has now signed up 1,357 providers for its Direct Assistance Program, with 1,523 providers participating in total.

    “We ...
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  • HIMSS Study, Fewer Hospitals Qualify for Digital Funds

    November 7, 2011

    Though hospitals are eligible for billions of dollars in federal stimulus money to bring their facilities into the digital age to save money and improve the quality of health care, just one in 10 is ready to meet government standards to qualify for the funds, a new analysis shows.

    A study by the Healthcare Information and ...
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  • 47 Providers in Rhode Island Receive Medicare Incentives for Meaningful Use

    October 23, 2011

    Practice Using eClinicalWorks Improves Quality of Care, Receives $846,000 in Incentives
    WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Oct 23, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — eClinicalWorks(R), a market leader in ambulatory clinical systems, today announced that 47 providers from Rhode Island’s Coastal Medical have successfully attested for meaningful use and each have received an $18,000 check from the Centers of Medicare & ...
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  • United offers direct-to-consumer hearing tests and aids

    October 23, 2011

    The health plan says the program will save patients thousands of dollars, but physicians question whether it’s good medicine. A United HealthGroup subsidiary said it can provide hearing tests and hearing aids at a deep discount for patients by “eliminating intermediaries” that drive up cost United and its subsidiary, hi HealthInnovations, said “intermediaries” doesn’t refer ...
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  • Feds announce plans to launch 3 new telehealth resource centers

    September 26, 2011

    The U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) announced plans to continue development of nation-wide telehealth resources with new centers in Maine, Indiana and Virginia.  The Regional Telehealth Resource Center grants total nearly $1 million each and will help establish public-private partnerships to cover needy regions with telehealth technologies.  The new resource centers will join an ...
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