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HHS Deputy Secretary Recognizes Grand Rapids Leaders for Improving Quality and Value in Health Care
Date:3/18/2008

1,200 primary care physician practices that use certified electronic health records (EHR) to improve quality as measured by their performance on specific clinical quality measures. In addition to the incentive payments, bonus payments may be awarded based on a standardized survey measuring the number of EHR functionalities a physician practice has incorporated. Total payments under the demonstration may be up to $58,000 per physician or $290,000 per practice.

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.

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 demonstration. After selection in Jun
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