Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New HHS office to manage ARRA healthcare funds

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has opened a new office dedicated to making sure healthcare funding coming out of ARRA gets into healthcare providers' hands.

The Office of Recovery Act Coordination will aim to ensure "timely, organized and transparent distribution of an estimated $137 billion" in funds managed by HHS, according to a press release. Those funds include $19 billion designated for healthcare IT, $2 billion of which will go to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT for various initiatives.

Dennis Williams, a 20-year veteran of HHS, will head the office and serve as HHS' deputy assistant secretary for recovery act coordination.
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