19 Mar Officials: More education needed on stimulus law
What health care providers don’t know about the health information technology funding available under the financial stimulus law could hurt them financially, speakers at a Washington briefing said last week. At the same time, educating providers about all the health IT “carrots and sticks” in the law won’t be easy, they said.
Neal Neuberger, executive director of the Institute for e-Health Policy, which sponsored the briefing, said a good portion of the $2 billion set aside for the Office of the National Coordinator should be spent on educating providers on the law’s fine points, including timetables, incentives, and financial risks associated with health IT adoption.
Either that, or more funding should be made available – possibly through federal budget legislation now under consideration – to cover education and outreach to health care providers.
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