What is the REC and how can it help me?

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The Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) in Kansas stands ready to support primary care physicians and other eligible practitioners with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, guidance and ongoing support to select, implement or upgrade Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in their practices. 


The REC's services are designed to take your practice from its current state–no matter what that is–and help you transition to meaningful use in order to qualify for the available Medicare or Medicaid incentives. Among the answers the REC will help you find are:

  • Is my practice ready for an EHR?

  • Which EHR should I choose?

  • What type of training will my staff need?

  • How do I install an EHR with minimal disruption to my practice?

  • How do I make meaningful use of an EHR so it helps my patients and earns me a Medicare or Medicaid incentive bonus?

  • How can I qualify for incentives with my existing EHR?


The REC's services are designed for the following physician practices & groups:

  • Primary care physicians (Family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB-GYN)

  • Group practices of ten or less providers (PA’s and those with prescribing privileges count)

  • If more than ten, only ten providers can receive services

  • Community and Rural Health Centers primarily serving uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved


For physicians who qualify, reaching meaningful use can mean up to $63,750 in incentives from Medicaid or $44,000 from Medicare through the 2009 ARRA Stimulus. Medicare incentives are highest for early adopters who commit to EMRs in 2011-2012.

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