Monday, May 18, 2009

ONC Releases HIT ARRA Implementation Plan

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released an operating plan titled the Health Information Technology American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Implementation Plan.

The operating plan is included on the DHHS Agency Wide Plan page under the "List of Recovery Programs within HHS."

The operating plan outlines immediate actions to meet statutory requirements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) provisions of the ARRA. The

The topic headings for the operating plan include:

A. Funding Table
B. Objectives
C-E. Activities, Characteristics and Delivery Schedules
F. Environmental Review Compliance
G. Measures
H. Monitoring/Evaluation
I. Transparency
J. Accountability
K. Barriers to Effective Implementation
L. Federal Infrascructure Investment

Thanks to Jim Tate (@jimtate) and John Chilmark (@john_chilmark) for pointing out the report.

2 comments:

Alliance4Health said...

On Wednesday the Federal Registrar will have the official announcement about the Regional Health IT Extension Centers which will get $300 million.

Alliance4Health said...

Update.

The CMS project plan has now also been released It includes 46 billion in incentive payments. http://hhs.gov/recovery/reports/plans/hit_implementation.pdf

Most people forget that the 19 billion is net not gross.

They will also play a critical role in defining what "meaingful use" and "meaingful users" will be since they will be the ones paying for it.

"In coordination with the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology, CMS will develop the policies, such as the definition of “meaningful use”, needed to implement the incentive program. Implementing the incentive programs will require an extensive provider education and outreach effort. This outreach will ensure providers understand all policies and requirements related to provider eligibility, selection of Medicare or Medicaid incentive programs for eligible providers, incentive payments, and the demonstration of “meaningful use.”"