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Meaningful Use Definitions Hurt Rural Hospitals.

On June 16, 2009, the Meaningful Use Workgroup of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee released its initial recommendations for the definition of "meaningful use" of electronic health records (EHR). In order to qualify for incentive payments under the health care IT portions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), hospitals and physicians must demonstrate meaningful use of EHR technology. When finalized, the HIT Policy Committee’s recommendations will provide....

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NPR Documents Rural Health Insurance Gaps.

NPR Sunday Edition aired a compelling story today, "Affordable Health Insurance Elusive In Rural U.S." Definitely worth the time to listen and read the background materials offered..

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NRHA voices concern over national health information technology program.

NRHA and the National Rural HIT Coalition have each submitted a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) in response to their request for comments on the May 22 draft description of the program for the establishment of HIT Regional Extension Centers. The National Rural HIT Coalition is composed of many national organizations with a rural focus, and NRHA is a member of the coalition. The responses address NRHA's sincere concern over ONCHIT's....

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Dr. Tom Dean.

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignright" width="65" caption="NRHA Past President"][/caption] Tom Dean, MD, Past President of NRHA, is certainly not afraid to call the current state of rural health care a "crisis." According to article published yesterday in the Rapid City South Dakota paper, “We’re into some scary territory... I think we are looking at a major paradigm shift in the way we look at health care,” Dean said. Speaking before the National Advisory Committee on Rural....

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