With Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation obligations accelerating this year and in 2014, it is important to ensure that all healthcare providers have an appropriate implementation plan in place. The ACA includes a number of provisions regarding health Information Technology (IT) that address many of the challenges facing electronic health information exchange (HIE), as well as developing innovative new methods to reimburse expenses for quality care. These provisions can be categorized into three distinct groups. The first group of health IT-related provisions attempt to improve the quality of healthcare by increasing quality data collected by health IT, creating new programs that involve health IT, and giving payments to existing entities for the use and improvement of health IT. The second group of health IT-related provisions set new operating rules and standards that will directly or indirectly control the use and innovation of health IT. The third group of health IT-related provisions increases the size of the health IT workforce across different sectors.

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