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DPW HIT Listening Tour Scheduled
January 29, 2010

As reported in the November 30, 2009 Info, Input Needed on Medicaid HIT Plan, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is seeking input on development of the State Medicaid (MA) Health Information Technology (HIT) Plan through a series of Listening Sessions. The first session was in December 2009 in Harrisburg. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides funds to Pennsylvania and incentive payments for MA practitioners for development and implementation of health information technology and the exchange of electronic health records. Community behavioral health providers were not included as eligible recipients of ARRA incentive funds in federal requirements, but DPW has proposed inclusion of MA enrolled practitioners in community provider organizations as eligible for incentive payments. Testimony by providers is necessary to reinforce the need for behavioral health providers to be included in efforts to develop and implement HIT.

Listening sessions are:

  • February 11, Allegheny County Medical Society, 713 Ridge Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
  • February 12, Meadville Medical Center, 1034 Grove St, Meadville, PA 16335
  • February 19, Pennsylvania Hospital Zubrow Auditorium, 800 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Each session includes a panel representing DPW and the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform. Attendees are requested to provide feedback on the report, Transforming Health Care Delivery Through the Use of Information Technology available at (www.dpw.state.pa.us/PartnersProviders/MedicalAssistance/MAHITI). More information about the Listening Tour and how to provide testimony is also available on the DPW web site, as are transcripts from the December 9 session.

PCPA requests that members who register to testify provide a copy of the testimony to Betty Simmonds. Also, if a member would like assistance with developing testimony, please contact Ms. Simmonds.

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