National Organizations Lend Support to Nationwide EHR Incentive Program Registration Events

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The American College of Physicians, Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, American Osteopathic Association, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, HIMSS, and the National Rural Health Association join to support hospitals, eligible healthcare professionals, and regional organizations that are hosting events to highlight Nationwide EHR Incentive Program Registration.

Given the critical importance of health IT to enabling the transformation of healthcare delivery in the U.S., organizations from across the states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are expressing their intent to register to achieve meaningful use of certified electronic health records and qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

These organizations are a cross-country sampling of hospitals, providers, and regional activities that are moving forward on EHRs increase their engagement patients as consumers, while improving the quality cost effectiveness of care.

About ACP

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists — physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 130,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.

About ACU

ACU is a nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates and health care organizations united in a common mission to improve the health of America's underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the health care clinicians serving these populations. ACU was established in 1996 by participants and alumni of the National Health Service Corps. Today ACU has a constituency of more than 8,000 clinicians and 900 organizations. Our membership includes individuals representing 18 professional disciplines as well as community clinics, health care organizations and professional societies.

About AOA

Representing more than 70,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) around the world, the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) serves as the professional family for all DOs and osteopathic medical students. In addition to serving as the primary certifying body for DOs, the AOA is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical colleges and health care facilities.

About CHIME

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,400 CIO members and 70 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professionals and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.cio-chime.org.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 30,000 individual members, of which two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 470 corporate members and more than 85 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

About NRHA

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is a national nonprofit membership organization with more than 20,000 diverse members, all of whom share a common bond of an interest in improving rural health. On behalf of the 63 million Americans who call rural home, NRHA provides leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, education, research and communications. For more information, visit us online at www.RuralHealthWeb.org.

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CONTACT:

APR/American College of Physicians
David B. Kinsman, 202-261-4554, [email protected]
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ACU
Anna Gard, 267-446-3390, [email protected]
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American Osteopathic Association
Shawn Martin, 202-414-0140, 800-962-9008, [email protected]
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CHIME
Stephanie Fraser, 734-665-0000, [email protected]
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APR/HIMSS
Joyce Lofstrom, 312.915.9237, [email protected]
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National Rural Health Association
Lindsey Corey, 816-756-3140 x22, [email protected]

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  District of Columbia

INDUSTRY KEYWORDS:   Technology  Data Management  Software  Practice Management  Health  Hospitals  Public Policy/Government  Healthcare Reform  Other Health  Other Policy Issues  Public Policy  General Health

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