United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
Contact: Alec Lloyd
USDA Rural Development Accepting Applications for Rural for Health Information Technology Upgrades
EAST LANSING, May 2, 2012 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner today announced the agency is accepting applications from rural health care providers for health information technology upgrades.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 authorized investment in health information technology and this is one way we are improving access and efficiency in rural health care,” said Turner. “These funds will only be available for a limited time and the deadline for compliance is 2015, so this is an excellent time to apply.”
In partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, USDA Rural Development can help rural health care providers through the Community Facilities direct and guaranteed loan and grant programs. Rural providers may apply for financing to purchase the hardware and software needed to implement electronic health record systems and then use their HHS incentive payments to help pay back the loan costs.
Eligible applicants include tribes, non-profit or public body hospitals. There may be funding also available for other health care needs such as medical diagnostic equipment, hospital/clinic renovation or new construction.
For more information, contact the USDA Rural Development Community Programs division at (517) 324-5197 or on the web at www.rurdev.usda.gov/mi.
USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $165 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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