HHS To Collect Health IT Data on Health Center Controlled Networks

July 28, 2015 in News

Last week, HHS’ Health Resources and Service Administration revealed plans to collect information on health center controlled networks’ progress with data sharing and the adoption of electronic health records, FierceEMR reports.

Details of the Announcement

In a request for comment published in the Federal Register, HRSA said it wants to ensure health center controlled networks effectively implement health IT to help providers achieve meaningful use of EHRs. Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments (Durben Hirsch, FierceEMR, 7/22).

Specifically, HRSA said it plans to collect annual progress reports to determine participants in the Health Center Controlled Networks program are meeting key goals, such as:

  • Adopting quality improvement strategies, such as health information exchange;
  • Providing ongoing support for achieving meaningful use; and
  • Sharing knowledge, resources and data (Federal Register, 7/22).

In addition, HRHS said it will use the information collected to “inform new technical assistance needs” and evaluate how meaningful use funding is progressing.

HRSA is seeking public comment until Sept. 21 and then will submit a request to the Office of Management and Budget (FierceEMR, 7/22).

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