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Federal Funding for State Medicaid HIT Activities

CMS Letter Outlines State Requirements for Medicaid Directors

On Tuesday, CMS issued a letter to Stated Medicaid Directors. This is an update to the State Medicaid HIT Plan (SMHP) Overview from 2009. In July, the ONC issued a PIN (Program Information Notice) to State HIEs entitled “Requirements and Recommendations for the State Health Information Exchange Cooperative Agreement Program.” It outlined responsibilities under the program, recommended roles for the HIT Coordinators, and elements of the state strategic and operational plans.

The Recovery Act provides 100 percent Federal financial participation (FFP) to States for incentive payments to eligible Medicaid providers to adopt, implement, upgrade, and meaningfully use certified EHR technology, and 90 percent FFP for State administrative expenses related to the program.

Section 4201 of the ARRA provides 90% FFP HIT Administrative match for three activities to be done under the direction of the SMA: 1. Administer the incentive payments to eligible professionals and hospitals; 2. Conduct […]

State Health Information Exchanges Ramping Up

State Health Information Exchanges and Technology Centers are getting organized after being awarded millions in federal Recovery Act funds […]

HITECH’s State Health Information Program

HITECH’s State Health Information Exchange (HIE) Cooperative Agreement Program. This Program is building on existing efforts to advance regional and state level health information exchange while moving toward nationwide interoperability. […]

State HIE Regional Extension Center Recipients for Health IT

State HIE, REC Recipients for Health IT

A complete listing of the state HIE, REC and job training grant recipients is as follows:

State HIE Awards:

State HIE Awardee Award Amount Alabama Medicaid Agency $10,564,789 Arizona Governor’s Office of Economic Recovery $9,377,000 Arkansas Dept of Finance and Administration $7,909,401 California Health and Human Services Agency $38,752,536 Colorado Regional Health Information Organization $9,175,777 Delaware Health Information Network $4,680,284 Government of the District of Columbia $5,189,709 Georgia Department of Community Health $13,003,003 Office of the Governor (Guam) $1,600,000 The Hawaii Health Information Exchange $5,602,318 Illinois Department of Health care and Family Services $18,837,639 Kansas Health Information Exchange Project $9,010,066 Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Kentucky) $9,750,000 State of Maine/Governor’s Office of Health Policy & Finance $6,599,401 Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation $10,599,719 Michigan Department of Health $14,993,085 Minnesota Department of Health $9,622,000 Missouri Depart of Social Services $13,765,040 Nevada Department of Health and Human Services $6,133,426 New […]

The HITECH Foundation for Information Exchange

The HITECH Foundation for Information Exchange //

November 12, 2009

Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

A Message from Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

As the many activities mandated by the HITECH Act move forward, I want to take a moment to share my vision of the overarching goal and some of its implications. Our goal, above all else, is to make care better for patients, and to make it patient-centered. Information policy and health IT policy should serve that goal.

A key premise: information should follow the patient, and artificial obstacles – technical, business related, bureaucratic – should not get in the way. As a doctor, I have many times wanted access to data that I knew were buried in the computers or paper records of another health system across town. Neither my care nor my patients were well served in those instances. […]


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