HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has announced it will seek approval for a two-year project examining barriers to meaningful use for Medicaid providers. The agency posted details of the proposed project in the Jan. 18 Federal Register.
AHRQ seeks to identify EHR barriers
According to AHRQ, the project would help the government understand factors that hinder health information technology adoption among Medicaid providers, thereby helping AHRQ develop support services. Medicaid providers are a high priority, according to the agency, because they serve AHRQ's "priority populations," including minorities, the elderly and low-income individuals.
"The project is designed to solicit actionable recommendations on what activities best help Medicaid providers take advantage of incentive payments, achieve meaningful use and ultimately use health IT to improve healthcare for the Medicaid population," according to AHRQ's Federal Register notice.
The study will be conducted by AHRQ contractor RTI International, a research institute based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
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