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The Department of Health and Human Services recently released final regulations implementing the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act’s significant investment in health information technology through financial incentives and subsequent penalties to accelerate the adoption and optimal use of health IT. As important as the ARRA investment will be to bringing the health care sector into the electronic age, new challenges await—namely, implementation of the new health reform law. How will health IT in general, and electronic health records in particular, support payment and delivery system reform? How will HHS leverage these new regulations—particularly the emphasis on meaningful use of health IT—to support this goal? And what responsibilities will the physician community need to assume to make this vision a reality?
These questions and others will be explored in a conversation between our panelists.
Michael S. Barr, MD, MBA, FACP, Vice President, Practice Advocacy and Improvement, Division of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy, American College of Physicians
Alan Wynn, MD, FACP, Physician, Woodbridge, Virginia
Peter Basch, MD, FACP, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress