Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 includes financial incentives for healthcare providers that attain Meaningful Use (MU) with their Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems. As part of the ARRA, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act authorized the formation of HIT Regional Extension Centers (RECs). These centers will support physician practices in adopting EHR systems and using their current systems to achieve meaningful use.
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is the federally designated HITREC for the state of Kansas. KFMC has long been an organization that healthcare providers and patients trust. From 1972 - 2014, KFMC served as the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Kansas. In 2014, KFMC became a member of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN), the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for the states of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. For over 40 years, KFMC has been working with healthcare providers, government, stakeholders, and consumers to improve the quality, efficiency, and outcomes for healthcare consumers. Together, we will Accelerate Health Information Technology (a-HIT) in Kansas!
KFMC’s services are designed to take your organization from its current state – whether you are starting with a paper-based system or just need to optimize your current EHR – to MU in order to qualify for the Medicare or Medicaid Incentives.
Accelerate the adoption and meaningful use of certified EHR technology among Kansas providers, working with at least 1,200 providers in the first two years of the program.
To continue addressing the needs of providers, the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved have partnered to create Synōvim Healthcare Solutions, Inc., a not-for-profit organization. Synōvim, comprised of Regional Extension Center (REC) staff, is in partnership with these organizations to help assist providers with their health information technology and quality improvement needs once federal funding has ceased for REC services.