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),