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Rural Health; Safety Net; Electronic Health Record; Community Health Centers; Quality Improvement


This report to Congress is submitted pursuant to Section 13113(b) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (hereafter, the Recovery Act), under Title XIII, also known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or the HITECH Act. The Section requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide a study that examines methods to create efficient reimbursement incentives for improving health care quality in federally qualified health centers, rural health clinics, and free clinics.

The report discusses current initiatives and incentives that apply to these categories of primary care clinics and the current knowledge regarding quality of care and the use of health information technology in this sector. Insofar as the report was authorized under the HITECH Act, it particularly addresses issues related to the use of health information technology by these clinics.


Submitted to: Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under contract no. HHSP23320095635WC.

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