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Dentists and Meaningful Use: Part I

Thursday, January 17, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joy Ingram
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by Adele Allison, National Director of Government Affairs, SuccessEHS


Change is afoot for health care delivery in the U.S. The onset was triggered by legislation signed by President Obama known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The U.S. had just experienced a bursting of the 8 trillion dollar housing bubble, plunging the financial market into crisis and launching what has become termed as the “Great Recession.”


The 44th presidential term thus began with President Obama being sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2009. At that time, our federal lawmaking system had taken a strong shift to the left with a Democratic-led House, Senate and White House. This swing of pendulum resulted in ARRA being signed into law on Feb. 17, 2009, less than 30 days after the president’s inauguration. Also known as the Stimulus Act and offering “cash for clunkers,” the 1,400-page legislation contained around 60 pages known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. It is these 60 pages that provision and govern what is known among health care providers as Meaningful Use.


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