On May 28, 2009, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published a notice announcing a draft description of a program establishing regional extension centers to assist providers seeking to adopt and become meaningful users of health information technology, as required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). While actual ARRA funding awarded per center Is expected to vary based on the number and types of providers proposed to be served and the amount of matching funds proposed by each regional center, the ONC anticipates an average award value on the order of $1 million to $2 million per center, with a maximum award of $10 million. Comments on the draft plan will be accepted until June 11, 2009.
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