The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will spend nearly $425,000 over two years on a study to identify barriers to Medicaid providers meeting electronic health records meaningful use criteria.

The agency has contracted with RTI International to conduct the study. The contractor will establish 13 focus groups of eligible Medicaid providers--eight groups of various providers that have adopted an EHR, four groups of those that have not adopted an EHR, and a dental focus group.

AHRQ will use information gained from the focus groups to make recommendations on development of Stages 2 and 3 of meaningful use criteria and other ways to overcome barriers, such as technical assistance. More information is available in a notice published June 3 in the Federal Register.


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