Tag Archives: HITECH Act
Ignoring the current firestorm concerning health care reform that is sweeping the country; I would like to focus on the major health care event of 2009 that seems to have slipped under the radar but is the cornerstone of all future health care reform.
As part of the stimulus package known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the President signed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. This act includes billions of dollars in incentive payments through Medicare to digitize and automate the health care industry starting in 2011 and going until 2015, with the goal of providing the platform for the implementation of a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure. What this infrastructure will be is being worked out now by various committees established by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Dr. David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P.. However, the starting point for these committees was defined, and incentive payments will only be dispersed if providers meet the following high level tenets: (more…)