RECs Won't Finish Mission Without More Funding
For many small and rural providers, Regional Extension Centers have been a low-cost or no-cost lifeline through the process of acquiring EHR technology and participating in the Meaningful Use incentive payment program. What happens to the stragglers as the RECs wind down?
Consider the plight of the nation's Regional Extension Centers, which serve as serve as support and resource centers to assist providers in EHR implementation and Health IT needs around the country.
Until late last year, the RECs' funding was due to run out. Recently, unspent portions of that previously allocated funding was freed up through February 2015 through an ONC ruling known as a "no-cost extension."
For many small and rural providers, RECs have been a lifeline of low-cost or no-cost source of advice and support through the daunting process of acquiring EHR technology and participating in the meaningful use incentive payment program.
But as we enter the fifth and final year of the RECs' life, there is a palpable sense that the assistance the RECs have given to healthcare's "last wagon" is still about to be snuffed out, leaving those at the rear of the technology adoption trail to fall further and further behind the leading edge of the IT-fueled transformation of healthcare.
- As Medicare Advantage Cuts Loom, Disagreement Over Program's Stability
- Surgical Checklists Unused in 10% of Hospitals, CMS Data Shows
- Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement
- A Fresh Look at End-of-Life Care
- 4 Tectonic Shifts Shaking Up Healthcare
- 3 Insider Tips on Cutting Costs without Strangling Growth
- Heart Attack Patient Costs Skyrocket Beyond 30 Days
- 3 in 4 Patients Want E-mail Consultations
- ACGME Chief Sees 'Huge' Risk of Error in Proposed Assistant Physician Licensure
- Roundtable: To Arrest HAIs, Culture Trumps Campaigns