The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recently awarded two multi-million dollar contracts, funded under the economic stimulus package, for assistance in administering provisions of the HITECH Act.

CMS has selected Indianapolis-based National Government Services Inc. to administer EHR meaningful use incentive payments under a contract worth nearly $5.5 million. The contractor will develop a "Payment File" system to make, report and track payments in a national repository, and ensure proper funds and accounting controls.

CMS has awarded a $3.9 million contract to public relations firm Ketchum Inc. for help in promoting the HITECH Act to consumers. CMS is looking at a multimedia educational campaign that includes print, radio and television ad buys to promote EHRs and other forms of health information technology.

--Joseph Goedert


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