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The following are the technology-related provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), which was signed into law on March 23, 2010.
The Affordable Care Act contains a 4-year certified EHR grant program for long-term care facilities beginning in FY 2011. The grants are to be used to offset costs related to purchasing, leasing, developing, and implementing certified EHR technology and may be used for any computer infrastructure including hardware and software, upgrading current systems, and staff training.
Long-term care facilities that receive grants are required to participate in state-level health information exchange activities where available.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary is required to adopt electronic standards for the exchange of clinical data by long-term care facilities, including, where available, standards for messaging and nomenclature.
The law made $67.5 million available to fund the EHR grants and 2 other long-term care grant programs to provide incentives for staff training and development and to improve management practices.
The Affordable Care Act requires the HHS secretary to conduct a demonstration project to develop best practices in skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities on the use of information technology to improve resident care.
One or more competitive grants are to be implemented by March 2011 for not more than 3 years. The Affordable Care Act authorizes an unspecified amount of funding needed to conduct the demonstrations.
The Affordable Care Act requires the HHS secretary, in consultation with stakeholders (including representatives of nursing facilities), to develop specifications for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans (PDP) to reduce pharmacy waste in long-term care facilities using uniform techniques that will be determined in the analysis process.
For complete information, you can download Provisions Relevant to Aging Services Technologies.