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The HITECH Act / Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act passed in 2009 as part of ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The HITECH Act mandated electronic health record adoption by 2014.

The HITECH Act provided funding for the transition to electronic medical records as proposed by President George W. Bush in 2004. Medicaid and Medicare doctors can receive payment under the CMS Incentive Program.

The HITECH Act authorizes a Health Information Technology Extension Program. The extension program consists of Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs) and a national Health Information Technology Research Center (HITRC).

HITECH Act information can be found in the HIT provisions of the Recovery Act are found primarily in Title XIII, Division A, Health Information Technology, and in Title IV of Division B, Medicare and Medicaid Health Information Technology.

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