The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is making $12.2 million available in additional grant funding to Regional Extension Centers assisting rural and critical access hospitals in adopting health information technologies.

RECs, which primarily serve primary care practices, previously received a total of $19.85 million in funds to also serve small hospitals in their service areas. Now, that funding, which capped at $12,000 per hospital, is bumped to $18,000.

"It is anticipated that each REC will need a total of $18,000 per CAH and Rural Hospital that it supports through this program, beyond the funding awarded in the base REC grant," according to a funding announcement. "RECs in Group A will be awarded $18,000/eligible CAH and Rural Hospital approved for funding. RECs in Group B will be awarded $6,000/previously approved CAH and Rural Hospital to bring the total amount of CAH/Rural Hospital supplemental funding from $12,000/hospital to $18,000/hospital."

The closing date for applications is Jan. 12. More information is available here.

--Joseph Goedert


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