The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act

1301 Words Apr 9th, 2016 6 Pages
In 2009, more than $30 billion dollars in incentives was allocated by congress for hospitals to institute meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) by 2011 (Adler-Milstein, Bates, & Jha, 2011) (Murphy, 2010). The Meaningful Use Act is a complicated principle that is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as well as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) act.
The purpose of this paper is to describe the gravity of ARRA, HITECH, and meaningful use. It will attempt to do this by explaining ARRA, HITECH, and meaningful use, applying meaningful use to nursing, policy making, patients, and public health, as well as add recommendations for future funding. First, a brief overview of ARRA, HITECH, and meaningful use will be given. Second, the effects of meaningful use on patients, nurses, policies, and public health will be explained. Finally, recommendations will be given.
Healthcare laws
ARRA is a law that was signed in 2009. This law was created to help “preserve and create jobs, promote economic recovery, invest in technological advancement in science and health, and to preserve essential services of States and local governments” (The American Recovery…, 2009). Nineteen billion dollars was provided by ARRA to address the shortage of health providers, especially primary care practitioners, and to encourage the use of EHRs (Murphy, 2010).
ARRA is split into two major sections, Division…
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