Secretary Leavitt and other senior HHS officials are meeting directly with patients, providers, health plans, and local business leaders in communities across America to discuss this new demonstration project.
"We are looking for communities that have a strong base of primary care physicians and are willing to assist us in educating and recruiting local physician practices for the demonstration," said Kerry Weems, Acting Administrator of HHS' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). "By providing financial incentives for the use of EHRs to improve the quality of care, we hope to improve health care quality throughout the entire community."
The application period is open now through early May for communities interested in becoming one of the demonstration program's 12 sites. CMS will focus on locations where the demonstration may enhance existing or planned private sector projects that support the adoption and use of health information technology and quality reporting initiatives. Eligible communities will include those that:
-- Demonstrate active community collaboration with a broad group of stakeholders, including providers and medical professional groups, consumers, health plans, and employers;
-- Show private-sector support, with likely probability that similar programs will be implemented among employers or health plans in the region;
-- Are geographically large enough to recruit a sufficient number of small- to medium-sized primary-care physician practices, of which 100 will be eligible for incentives and 100 will be control sites; and
-- Are not already part of an existing CMS demonstration similar to the EHR project.
CMS will announce the 12 communities selected for the demonstration
project in June 2008. Once communities have been selected, CMS will begin
working with the communities to recruit physician practices for
participation in the demonstrati
|SOURCE U.S. Department of Health and Human Services|
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