For Medicare or Medicaid doctors and health care providers, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health / HITECH Act mandates that you adopt electronic health record technology by 2014.
Many health care providers are scrambling to comply with HITECH Act implementation and meaningful use requirements. You probably know about the EHR incentive program, which is making annual payments directly to eligible health care providers.
Why not do whatever you can to qualify, so some of that incentive money will start flowing into your medical practice?
The HITECH Act, which was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, established Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to help you. And the RECs have received grant money from the government to offer FREE or low cost technology consulting services.
What do Regional Extension Centers do?
The goal of the 70 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) is to assist primary care physicians (PCPs), public and critical-access hospitals, and community clinics with the adoption and meaningful use of electronic health record software.
These regional extension centers have received HITECH Act grant money to provide outreach, education and technical assistance services. The actual administration of the grant assistance money is done by non-profit entities established by the grant recipient.
The Regional Extension Centers focus on helping clinicians (physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners) furnishing primary-care services, with a particular emphasis on individual and small group practices (fewer than 10 clinicians with prescriptive privileges).
Regional Extension Centers do not sell electronic health record (EHR) software. But they do assist with EHR software selection and implementation. Physicians are experts at medicine, not technology. So the software selection process can be daunting – without help.
In many instances, the REC has pre-selected several EHR systems. So this accelerates the selection process. Physicians don’t have to weed through 400 different certified EHR software options!
And the Regional Extension Center representative walks you through the entire process of
- Registering for EHR incentive programs
- Selecting EHR
- Implementing the EHR
- Demonstrating Meaningful Use
- Getting You Paid!
Not a Primary Care Physician?
If you’re a Medicare or Medicaid physician, you too can get help from the Georgia Regional Extension Center (GA-HITREC). Call Sandra at 404-374-3384 to discuss the fee schedule.
All physicians should consult the prior article entitled “Health Care Providers Get CMS Incentive Payments: Are You Eligible?”
to see if you are eligible for the CMS / HITECH Act EHR incentive program.
We specialize in meaningful use consulting. Meaning: we make sure you, the private practice physician, get paid the EHR incentive money that is due to you.
There’s help for Georgia Medicare and Medicaid physicians.
Call 404-374-3384 for more information about the GA-HITREC.
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How To Convert To Electronic Health Records,
When I’m Completely Technology Adverse,
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