Information and Resources
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. Read more.
Texas REC Contact Information
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.
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)
- Community and Rural Health Centers primarily serving uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved
Each REC can providing pricing information.
Avoid Medicare Penalties
Penalties for nonparticipation in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program began Jan. 1, 2015. Physicians should meet the meaningful-use criteria and attest to meaningful use to avoid the penalties. EHR penalties only apply to Medicare. Learn more.
Receive Medicaid Incentives
For physicians who qualify, reaching meaningful use can mean up to $63,750 in incentives from Medicaid. Physicians interested in receiving incentives for participation in the Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive program need to begin by adopting, implementing, or upgrading a certified EHR by 2016. It is the last year physicians may begin participation in the program to qualify for an incentive, which pays out until 2021. Learn more.
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
- Security Risk Assessment