There are indications that the proposed rules for Stage 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program will come out on Feb. 17, a few days before the giant HIMSS Conference in Las Vegas.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Kansas City on Feb. 17 to discuss the growth of jobs in the health information technology industry and “make an important announcement about progress in health IT adoption by hospitals and doctors,” according to a statement from her office. Sebelius will visit Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley Health Science Institute in Kansas City, Mo., to make the announcement. The college has a substantial health I.T. and coding curriculum. It is not listed on the Office of the National Coordinator's list of community colleges offering HITECH Act-funded health I.T. training programs under the Community College Consortia program.

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