The Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC) originally was created in 2009 after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed. As part of the Federal stimulus package, the Office of National Coordinator for HIT provided funding to groups across the county in support of Meaningful Use efforts.
Even though the original grant has been completed, CHITREC still provides a range of services to providers interested in achieving Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHR). Beginning in 2013, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has contracted with CHITREC to provide education and outreach for the Illinois Medicaid EHR Incentive Program through a help desk and other outlets.
In 2017, CHITREC was awarded funding to provide direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in small practices as they participate in the Quality Payment Program that was established by the Medicare Access and Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).