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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 […]

Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs

CMS EHR Incentive Programs Website Updated for Medicare and Medicaid

Get up-to-date and accurate information about the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs from CMS at http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentiveprograms/. Visit the website to get specifics about the program and download our new tip sheets.

Tip Sheets for Eligible Professionals:

Medicare EHR Incentive Payments for Eligible Professionals

This tip sheet describes which types of individual practitioners can participate in the Medicare EHR incentive program. It provides user friendly information about incentive payment amounts and describes how they are calculated for fee for service and Medicare advantage providers. It also describes payment adjustments beginning in 2015 for EPs who are not meaningful users of certified EHR technology.

Medicare EHR Incentive Program, PQRI and E-Prescribing Comparison

Learn what opportunities are available to Medicare Eligible Professionals to receive incentive payments for participating in important Medicare initiatives. This fact sheet provides information on eligibility, timeframes, and maximum payments for each […]