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Health IT News

June/July HRSA Health IT and Quality Newsletter (06/21/2012)

CMS announces that more than 100,000 health care providers have been paid for using electronic health records. (06/20/2012)

HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care releases Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) Funding Opportunity Announcement (HRSA-13-237). (06/20/2012)

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius's Keynote Speech During ONC's "Health Datapalooza" (06/06/2012)

April’s Fourth Annual CMS Multi-State Medicaid HITECH Conference Materials Now Available (06/01/2012)

ONC Releases Health IT Dashboard to Deliver Data on ONC Programs and the Nationwide Adoption of Health IT. (5/09/2012)

ONC's Releases New Guide on Health Information, Privacy and Security and Meaningful Use (PDF-758KB) (05/08/2012)

New HHS Briefing Paper "Understanding the Impact of Health IT in Underserved Communities and those with Health Disparities" (PDF-929KB) (05/04/2012)

Finger Lakes Community Health Center Use of Teledentistry in Treating Kids exit disclaimer (05/03/2012)

New Health Affairs and Robert Wood Johnson  Foundation Papers on Health IT exit disclaimer (04/26/2012)

HRSA Health IT and Quality Newsletter for April/May Now Online (04/24/2012)

CMS Releases Meaningful Use Stage 2 Proposed Quality Measures Rules (04/10/2012)

HRSA Health IT and Quality Webinar "Overview of Meaningful Use Stage 2 NPRM for Safety Net Providers" Now Online. Slidedeck (PDF-1.74MB) and Presenter Questions (PDF-78.9 KB).

CMS and ONC Blog Article: "2012: the Year of Meaningful Use" (03/23/2012)

ONC Releases Stage 2 Proposed Rule on Permanent Certification of EHRs. (PDF - 2.34 MB)  (02/27/2012)

HHS Announces The Release of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 Interim Rule, Comments Due May 7th, 2012 (02/24/2012)

National Quality Forum Webinar: "eMeasure Implementation: Implications in Small Practice Settings" exit disclaimer Now Available Online.

Health Affairs: David Brailer And Farzad Mostashari- Two National Health IT Czars Compare Notes (03/07/2012)

White House, HRSA and USDA Announce: Steps to Boost the Rural Economy, Promote Job Creation (02/28/2012)

HHS Press Release: Obama Administration and Text4Baby join forces to connect pregnant women and children to health coverage and information (02/28/2012)

HRSA and Dept. of  Labor Sign Health IT Training Agreement exit disclaimer (PDF - 251 KB) (02/22/2012)

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Announces Major Progress in Provider Use of Health IT (02/17/2012)

HRSA's New "Network Guide" Now Available (02/17/2012)

HRSA's January/February Health IT and Quality Newsletter Now Online (02/17/2012)

HHS Press Release: HHS announces intent to delay ICD-10 Compliance Date (02/16/2012)

Primary Care Development Corporation and Crescent City Beacon Community Partner to Transform Primary Care exit disclaimer (02/06/2012) 

HHS Launches Health IT Challenge to *Improve Care Transitions for Hospital-Discharge Patients (01/26/2012)

Report to Congress: Quality Incentives for FQHCs, Rural Health Clinics, and Free Clinics (01/26/2012)

New Health IT Toolbox Targets Rural Health Providersexit disclaimer (01/26/2012)

CMS Releases Guidance on Appeals Process for Meaningful Use Program (01/24/2012)
 

Competency Exam for Health IT Professionals, vouchers available for free exams, email healthit@hrsa.gov (01/19/2012)

ONC Launches Video Challenge To Engage Consumers in Health IT (01/12/2012)

HRSA's November/December Health IT and Quality Newsletter (12/12/2011)

HHS Secretary Sebelius Speaks About The Benefits of Mobile Health Apps During mHealth Summit exit disclaimer (12/06/2011)

White House: Text4baby Shows Promising Results for Moms (12/02/2011)

HHS Announces Changes to Timeline for Meaningful Use (11/30/2011)

USDA Grants $6M for Telemedicine, Other Rural Health Projects (11/21/2011)

ONC Announces More Than 100K Doctors Working with Regional IT Extension Centers to Qualify for Meaningful Use (11/17/2011)

CMS To Delay Enforcement of HIPAA 5010 Transaction Sets (11/17/2011)

CMS: Six More States Open Enrollment for Medicaid EHR Incentive Payments (11/15/2011)

ONC Readies Health IT Privacy and Security Public Education (11/03/2011)

HRSA Grantee Blackstone Valley Community Health Use of Health IT Data to Improve Quality exit disclaimer (11/03/2011)

GWU Study: Community Health Centers Outpace Physician Office Practices in EHR Adoption exit disclaimer (11/03/2011)

CMS’s Release New ICD-10 Implementation Handbook  (11/02/2011)

ONC Seeks Opinions on Mobile Devices as Health Information Tools (11/01/2011)

HHS issues final standards for collecting minority health data (10/31/2011)

CMS Announces 500 FQHCs receive $42M as part of PCMH demo project (10/25/2011)

CMS’s Accountable Care Organization Final Rule Released (10/11/2011)

HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau launches National, voluntary quality improvement initiativeexit disclaimer focused on patient retention. (10/21/2011)

Federal Register: "HHS To Use Electronic Health Record Data in Text4baby Evaluation" (10/14/2011)

AHRQ Announces New Initiative Urges Better Communication between Clinicians and Patients (10/04/2011)
HRSA releases $32M to 904 Community Health Centers for Enhancing Quality and Coordinating Care. (09/29/2011)

SAMHSA Announces $13.2 million in Grant Awards To Build on Health IT Investments (09/24/2011)
HHS Text4Health Task Force announces new recommendations to support health text messaging and mobile health (mHealth) programs (09/19/2011)

CMS Publishes ICD-10 Transition Guide for Health Care Providers (09/18/2011)

ONC Releases The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015 (09/17/2011)

National Health IT Week (September 12-16)

HHS Secretary Sebelius Announces New CMS Rule Enabling Patients to Access Health Lab Results (09/12/2011)

HHS Awards Affordable Care Act Funds to Beacon Communities for Improving Quality of Care and Electronic Reporting (09/12/2011)

CMS Issues E-Prescribing Final Rule (PDF- 209KB) (09/06/2011)

AHRQ Releases Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit (09/06/2011)

HHS and HRSA announce $11.9 million to implement health information technology in rural areas (09/02/2011)

HHS awards $137 million to states to boost prevention and public health, includes funding for more public health IT infrastructure (08/27/2011)

FDA Strategic Plan Calls for Enhancing Agency's Health IT Infrastructure (08/18/2011)

White House Announces Initiative to Strengthen in Rural Health IT Programs (08/18/2011)

HHS launches disaster-app challenge (08/12/2011)

NEW!! Health IT Workforce Resources for the Safety Net (08/01/2011)

New HRSA HIV/AIDS Health IT Toolbox (07/20/2011)

FDA Issues Drafts Guidance on Regulating Mobile Medical Apps (07/19/2011)

New Meaningful Use FAQs from CMS for CAHs (07/17/2011)

CMS Proposal Aims To Help Clinicians Avoid E-Prescribing Penalties (07/17/2011)

New AHRQ Toolkit Helps Medical Practices Examine the Impact of Health IT on Workflow (07/07/2011)

AHRQ Funded Study Shows E-Health Project Boosts Physicians' Ability to Use Patient Registries (07/04/2011)

AHRQ: "Turning the Patient-Centered Medical Home From Concept to Reality" (06/22/2011)

HHS Announces Initiative to Stimulate Adoption of EHRs in Minority Communities (06/16/2011)

CMS Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Issues New FAQs for Tribal Clinics and FQHCs (06/14/2011)

White House Announces Expansion of Health IT Job Training (06/08/2011)

HHS:"The Health Data Initiative Forum focuses on innovative applications and services to improve health" (06/09/2011)

HHS: "HHS and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology introduce new Investing in Innovations (i2) Initiative"(06/09/2011)

AHRQ Aims To Study Meaningful Use Barriers for Medicaid Providers (06/06/2011)

New HRSA Health IT and Quality Newsletter (06/01/2011)

New CMS Proposed Rule Modifying E-Rx Incentive Program (05/31/2011)

HHS Office for Civil Rights Issues Proposed Rule on HIPPA and Disclosures of Electronic Medical Data (05/31/2011)

Commonwealth Fund Report: States' Role in Promoting Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records (05/30/2011)

IOM Report:  Interoperability key to realizing health IT goals exit disclaimer (05/25/2011)

HHS seeks data on docs' privacy-info needs (05/19/2011)

EHR Watch: “IT help on the way for Oregon's critical access hospitalsexit disclaimer (05/18/2011) 

CMS looks to e-tools for quality reporting (05/17/2011)

AHRQ Report: Examines Health IT's Impact on Medication (05/17/2011)

Modern Healthcare Video: CMS' Jessica Kahn on the Medicaid IT program exit disclaimer (05/16/2011)

Kaiser Health News: Rural Kansas doc becomes perhaps nation's first certified EHR user exit disclaimer (05/04/2011)

Indian Health Service Electronic Health Records System Certified for Meaningful Use (04/23/2011)

AHRQ Advice Column on How Health IT Helps with Care and Costs (04/13/2011)  

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and CMS Administrator Don Berwick Announcement: Partnership for patients to improve care and lower costs for Americans (04/12/2011)

New National Coordinator Announced: Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has named Dr. Farzad Mostashari as new National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (04/08/2011)

Public Comment now open on HHS’s “Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2011-2015” (03/30/2011)

Attestation for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program opens on April 18, 2011 (03/28/2011)

HHS Releases National Quality Strategy (03/21/2011)

HRSA Releases New RFA for 2011 Health IT Workshops (03/08/2011)

CMS Issues New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ICD-10 Implementation (03/07/2011)

Institute of Medicine to Explore Role of EHRs in Public Health Strategies exit disclaimer (03/01/2011)

Hawai'i, Alaska joined by health-care partnering agreementexit disclaimer (02/02/2011)

ONC announces launch of “Direct Project” pilots (02/03/2011)

ONC National Coordinator Dr. David Blumenthal's new letter highlighting additional funding for the Regional Extension Centers, State Health Information Exchange, and Community College Consortia programs (01/27/2011)

Registration Now Open: CMS's Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (01/03/2011)

Two New Health IT Reports from the National Quality Forumexit disclaimer (01/06/2011)
Driving Quality and Performance Measurement: A Foundation for Clinical Decision Supportexit disclaimer  (PDF- 532 KB)
Driving Quality—A Health IT Assessment Framework for Measurementexit disclaimer   (PDF- 532 KB)

Oklahomaexit disclaimer and Kentuckyexit disclaimer  Are First States to Issue CMS EHR Incentive Payments (01/05/2011)

New Technical Assistance Tool From HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy (PDF- 532 KB) (12/22/2010)

New White House Report: Realizing the Full Potential of Health Information Technology

New GAO Report: EHRs Help Boost Patient Care in Integrated Delivery Systems (11/18/2010)

EHRs Can Boost Health of Low-Income, Minority Populations (10/20/2010)

ONC Certified Health IT Product List (10/05/2010)

ONC Posts New EHR Certification FAQs

Health IT and Quality Webinars

ONC Selected Third ONC-Authorized Testing and Certification Body

HHS to offer almost $20 million in EHR Tech Help for Critical-Access and Rural Hospital Facilities

HRSA Announces HIT and Meaningful Use Workshops for 2010-11

ONC Announces Two Initial EHR Certification and Testing Bodies 

Meaningful Use and EHR Standards & Certification Rules: How They Affect the Safety Net Community and HRSA Grantees Webinar. Friday, 2-4 pm ET. Register | Letter to Grantees (PDF - 32 KB) (July 21, 2010)

Secretary Sebelius Announces Final Rules To Support ‘Meaningful Use’ of Electronic Health Records (July 13, 2010)

Video: HHS Press Conference on  Final Rules to Support Meaningful Use of EHR (July 13, 2010)

HHS Awards $83.9 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Expand Use of Health Information Technology

Report: The Underserved and Health Information Technology: Issues and Opportunities