Necessary But Not Sufficient: The HITECH Act and Health Information Technology’s Potential to Build Medical Homes

June 2010
AHRQ Publication No: 10-0080-EF
Prepared For:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850,

Contract Number: HHSA290200900019I TO2
Submitted By: Mathematica Policy Research 600 Maryland Avenue, SW Suite 550 Washington, DC 20024-2512
Authors: Lorenzo Moreno, Ph.D., Deborah Peikes, Ph.D., Amy Krilla, M.S.W.
Table 5. Potential policy actions that could facilitate practices’ adoption of the PCMH model with health IT support
ActionPolicy VehicleFeasibility of Implementation
Source: Mathematica‘s analysis, with input from the expert panel.
Key: RECS = Regional Extension Centers
Include PCMH-specific certification criteria in the EHR certification criteria embedded in the meaningful-use regulationsHITECH: meaningful-use regulations for Stage 1High to moderate
Include specific medical home functionalities in the meaningful-use criteriaHITECH: meaningful-use regulations for stages 2 and 3High to moderate
Add PCMH technical assistance to REC ProgramHITECH: Regional Extension Centers ProgramModerate to low