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HHS awards $320 million to expand primary care workforce

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $320 million in grants under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to strengthen the health care workforce. Of those grants, $253 million will go to improve and expand the primary care workforce under the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act. Another $67 million in Health Profession Opportunity Grants will provide low-income individuals with education, training and supportive services that will help them prepare to enter and advance in careers in the healthcare sector.

“Chronic diseases, most of which are preventable, are one of the main reasons health care costs have soared over the past several decades,” said Secretary Sebelius. “Investing in our primary care workforce will strengthen the role that wellness and prevention play in our health care system. With these grants, Americans from all backgrounds will have new opportunities to enter the health care workforce.”

Prevention and Public Health Fund Workforce Grants

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ONC FAQs

ONC Publishes FAQs on Meaningful Use, EHR Certification Criteria

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT recently posted a set of answers to 20 frequently asked questions about its incentive program for the “meaningful use” of electronic health records, Government Health IT reports

Download all 20 Questions and Answers [PDF – 79 KB]

Question [9-10-001-1]: What certification criteria will ONC-ATCBs use to certify EHR technology for purposes of the “deeming” provision of the Physician Self-Referral Prohibition and Anti-Kickback Electronic Health Record (EHR) Exception and Safe Harbor Final Rules? Question [9-10-002-1]: If my EHR technology is capable of submitting batch files to an immunization registry using the adopted standards (HL7 2.3.1 or 2.5.1 and CVX), is that sufficient for demonstrating compliance with the certification criterion specified at 45 CFR 170.302(k)? Question [9-10-003-1]: In the “Initial Set of Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology” Final Rule published on July 28, […]

HHS Early Retiree Reinsurance Program

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