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CO-REC Ready to Assist Colorado Health Care Providers in Implementing Electronic Health Record Systems and Achieving 'Meaningful Use'
Date:7/29/2010

DENVER, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing that earlier in July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released rules outlining which health care providers will get government funding to support their implementation of electronic health record systems (EHR), leaders at the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization say it's time for providers who don't have an EHR system to start the process of purchasing one.

"We know that purchasing the right electronic health record system is daunting for most providers, and we're here to help," said Robyn Leone, director of the Colorado Regional Extension Center (CO-REC) at CORHIO. If primary care providers qualify for government funding, they could get money to help offset their electronic health record system costs as early as June 2011, according to Leone.

CO-REC is one of 60 Regional Extension Centers around the country designated to offer health care providers technical assistance, guidance and information on best practices to support and accelerate health care provider efforts to become meaningful users of electronic health record systems.

Eligible health care professionals and hospitals may qualify for Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specified objectives. One of the two regulations announced by HHS earlier in July defines the "meaningful use" objectives that providers must meet to qualify for the bonus payments, and the other regulation identifies the technical capabilities required for certified EHR technology.

With "meaningful use" definitions in place, CO-REC is working with primary care providers and their pract
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