ARRA Health Information Technology Professionals in Health Care

PHSA 3016, as added by the Recovery Act, directs the Secretary to provide assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to establish or expand health informatics education programs, including certification, undergraduate, and masters degree programs, for both health care and information
technology students to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies (in the United States health care infrastructure).

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Activities for which assistance may be provided include the following:
(1) Developing and revising curricula in medical health informatics and related disciplines.

(2) Recruiting and retaining students to the program involved.
(3) Acquiring equipment necessary for student instruction in these programs, including the installation of testbed networks for student use.

(4) Establishing or enhancing bridge programs in the health informatics fields between community colleges and universities.

None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available in ARRA may be used by an state or local government, or any private entity, for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, or swimming pool.

(ARRA Sec.

1604).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Financial assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to rapidly develop a health information technology workforce.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Financial assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to rapidly develop a health information technology workforce.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application procedures will be specified in individual funding opportunity announcements. Applicants may consult with the office or official designated as the contact in the funding opportunity announcement for additional information on the application procedures.

Award Procedures

Following objective review of applications, those applicants whose applications have been selected for funding will receive a Notice of Award signed by an HHS Grants Management Officer. The Notice of Award, which is sent to the applicant s Authorized Organizational Representative, is the only official notification of award. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by letter.

Deadlines

Jan 25, 2010: Competency Examination Program. Application deadlines for each program were established in the funding opportunity announcement for each American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Information Technology Professionals in Health Care program, as follows:
Curriculum Development Centers - January 14, 2010
Community College Consortia to Educate Health Information Technology Professionals - January 22, 2010
Competency Examination Program - January 25, 2010
Program of Assistance for University-Based Training - January 25, 2010.

Authorization

Section 3016 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as added by Section 13301 within Title XIII in Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards were made for program periods ranging from 2 to 4 years. Individual programs" funding opportunity announcements should be consulted for specific information. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

Cash reports, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

Progress and financial reporting requirements will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

In addition, recipients of Federal awards from funds authorized under Division A of the ARRA must comply with all requirements specified in Division A of the ARRA (Public Law 111-5), including reporting requirements outlined in Section 1512 of the Act.

ARRA reports will be required quarterly.

Expenditure reports, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

Performance monitoring, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Grantees are required to maintain grant records for a minimum of 3 years from the submission date of the final financial report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the record has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until the completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0130-0-1-551.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 09 $0; FY 10 est $83,725,950; FY 11 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards range from approximately $1,000,000 - $11,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR part 74 and the HHS Grants Policy Statement located at: http://www.hhs.gov/grantsnet/adminis/gpd/index.htm and ARRA terms and conditions: http://www.hhs.gov/recovery/grantscontracts/recoverytermsconditions.html

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Chitra Mohla 200 Independence Avenue, SW
Suite 729D, Washington , District of Columbia 20201 Email: HealthITEducation@hhs.gov Phone: 202-205-0690

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific, detailed criteria for determining the merit of applications are available in the program-specific funding opportunity announcements for this program. In general, all applicants were required to demonstrate capability to achieve the goals, purposes, and objectives of the program consistent with applicable statutory provisions.



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