The Health Information Technology Policy Committee, a federal advisory panel created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, met this morning in Washington for the first time and boiled down its initial work activities to three areas.
After batting around ideas for creating as many as six work groups, the panel in the end settled on initially forming only three.
One was a work group to come up with an initial set of criteria for the “meaningful use” standard that healthcare providers must meet under the stimulus act to receive federal subsidies for the purchase and use of health IT systems. The act provides an estimated $34 billion for healthcare IT provider subsidies through Medicare and Medicaid.
To read the rest of the article with additional meeting results and work groups formed please visit the modernhealthcare.com website here.