Regional Extension Center (REC)
The Regional Extension Center grant has expired as of April 7, 2016. During the six years that KFMC was the regional extension center (REC) for the state of Kansas, our consultants helped over 1,674 Kansas providers select, implement, and meaningfully use their Health Information Technology. Additionally, through our strong partnership with The Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation (KHERF), we provided assistance to our 95 critical access and rural hospitals.
To boil this down further, of the 9,891 healthcare providers in Kansas, 4,940 (or 50%) are registered with CMS to participate in the EHR incentive programs. 4,116 eligible providers have already received at least one incentive payment for a combined total of over $118 million. We directly assisted 952 of those earning an incentive for a total of $28.9 million.
Receiving education and assistance from our partner, KHERF, 82 Critical Access Hospitals and 13 Rural Hospitals have benefitted directly from the REC grant. Of these 95 participating hospitals, 90 have adopted certified EHR technology and 88 have achieved Meaningful Use and have collectively earned over $101 million in CMS incentives.
We have also worked with the federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs) throughout our state. The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved has been a great partner throughout the REC Grant, and together we have assisted 15 of the 16 FQHCs in Kansas and 91 RHCs.
We are proud of the progress Kansas has made toward the interoperability of electronic health information and the possibilities for quality improvement this transformation provides. We are proud of the role KFMC played in furthering HHS’s triple aim of improving health care quality, improving population health, and reducing unnecessary health care costs. Secretary Burwell’s vision fit nicely with KFMC’s stated mission of leading innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare.