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Michigan REC Helps 3,700 Docs Achieve MU

February 13, 2015
by Rajiv Leventhal
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The Michigan Center for Effective IT Adoption (M-CEITA), Michigan’s regional extension center (REC), has reached its original grant-funded goal of helping 3,724 eligible professionals attest to meaningful use.

This Altarum Institute–led program was initially funded in 2010 by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health IT. With M-CEITA’s program, medical professionals receive the help they need to make the most of health IT, aiming to make the electronic health record (EHR) adoption and implementation process more seamless to receive the influx of new patients statewide.

M-CEITA is one of 62 centers nationwide focused on providing hands-on technical assistance to low-resource groups, such as primary care providers within urban, rural, and critical access settings, who may lack the technical knowledge or available staff to support achievement of meaningful use. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, providers working with a REC are twice as likely to receive an incentive payment through the EHR incentive program. Over $80 million in incentive payments have been made to M-CEITA clients throughout Michigan, boosting practices and local economies, its officials say.

“Our center is the fifth largest in the country and has helped thousands of practices struggling to meet meaningful use criteria and train those that lack the in-house expertise to attain success,” Dan Armijo, vice president and director of Altarum Institute’s Health Innovation and Technical Assistance group, sad in a news release statement.

M-CEITA’s one-on-one health information technical assistance has grown well beyond the original federally funded program. In late 2014, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) awarded M-CEITA additional funding to support primary care providers and specialists within the Medicaid EHR incentive program through 2017, including assisting providers with later stages of meaningful use. 

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