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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

The $253 […]

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 […]

Health Information Exchange in Primary Care

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will provide $36 billion to promote electronic health records and the formation of regional centers that foster community-wide electronic health information exchange (HIE). Minnesota’s e-Health Law, passed in 2007, mandates electronic health record and HIE participation by all clinics and hospitals. […]

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 […]

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 […]