Regional Extension Centers (RECs) in Texas have been supporting physicians since 2009 with individualized on-site services, technical assistance, and ongoing support to select, implement or upgrade Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and guidance to meaningful use. Primary care physicians qualify for subsidized consulting (valued at $5,000) that significantly lowers the annual price of REC services. Please contact the REC covering your service area for details on pricing and service offerings.
Texas REC Educational Series Calendar
Learn about documentation, privacy and security, EHR basics, meaningful use and more.
Your REC can help you decide:
- Is my practice ready for an EHR?
- Which EHR should I choose?
- What type of training will my staff need?
- How do I install an EHR with minimal disruption to my practice?
- How do I make meaningful use of an EHR so it helps my patients and earns me a Medicare or Medicaid incentive bonus?
- How can I qualify for incentives with my existing EHR?
Who is eligible for REC Services?
- Primary care physicians (Family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB-GYN)
- Specialists that can attest to providing primary care services.
- Community and Rural Health Centers primarily serving uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved
- Specialists are eligible for services, but not at the subsidized rate. Each REC can providing pricing information.
What incentives are available?
For physicians who qualify, reaching meaningful use can mean up to $63,750 in incentives from Medicaid or $44,000 from Medicare through the 2009 ARRA Stimulus. Medicare incentives are highest for early adopters who commit to EHRs before October 2012, for more information on available EHR incentives, take a detailed look at the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Comparison and Timelines.
Why a Texas REC?
Regional extension centers provide assistance with selecting and implementing EHR systems, and achieving meaningful use. Services from your REC include:
- Initial Practice Assessment
- Vendor Evaluation/Selection
- Practice Workflow Analysis and Process Redesign
- Implementation Project Review
- Post-Implementation Review
- Meaningful Use Gap Analysis
Once the RECs reach their enrollment targets, they can no longer provide consulting at the subsidized rate, and all physicians (even primary care) will have to pay the full rate. Do not delay as most of the RECs are very close to meeting their enrollment target.
REC Locator Tool
Looking for the REC in your service area? Use the REC locator tool.
Texas Regional Extension Centers
Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center (GCREC):
University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
For more information, call (713) 500-3479 or visit the GCREC website.
North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC):
Dallas Fort-Worth Hospital Council
For more information, call (469) 648-5140 or visit the NTREC website.
CentrEast Regional Extension Center (CentrEast REC):
Texas A&M Health Science Center
For more information, call (979) 436-0390 or visit the CentrEast website.
West Texas Regional Extension Center (WTxHITREC):
Texas Tech Health Science Center
For more information, call (806) 743-7960 or visit the WTxHITREC website.
EHR Product Certification List
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) maintains the Certified HIT Product List (CHPL) that provides a current list of products "certified" to meet meaningful use.
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