George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy
Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative Policy Research Brief No. 9
Electronic Health Record; Community Health Centers; Health Reform
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will invest approximately $49 billion to expedite health information technology (HIT) adoption through Medicare and Medicaid. Our analysis of 2006 NAMCS data found that approximately 15 percent of the practicing office-based physicians in the country would qualify for up to $63,750 over six years in Medicaid financial incentives for HIT adoption. Included within the 45,000 eligible physicians are about 99 percent of all community health center physicians. If all qualifying physicians apply for the Medicaid incentives and receive the maximum level of payments, the federal government would invest more than $2.8 billion in HIT.
Finnegan, B., Ku, L., Shin, P., & Rosenbaum, S. (2009). Boosting health information technology in Medicaid: The potential effect of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative policy research brief no. 9). Washington, D.C.: George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Department of Health Policy.