A lasting legacy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 appears to be Regional Extension Centers. Though ONC funding stops at the end of 2014 for RECs, state-based and regional organizations designed to help eligible providers achieve meaningful use, a new survey indicates that they intend to continue to do business as usual.
The 2014 HIMSS Regional Extension Center Survey finds that 85 percent of respondents do not expect to close their doors, despite the fact that 28 percent of the 36 executive respondents reported their funding ran out before the end of February 2014. About three-quarters (72 percent) have applied for a no-cost extension of their ONC funding. In August 2013, ONC announced the opportunity for a no-cost extension of the remaining funds available through ARRA.
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