ARRA - Health Information Technology Professionals in Health Care

PHSA 3016, as added by the Recovery Act, directs the Secretary to provide assistance to institutions of higher education (or consortia thereof) to establish or expand health informatics education programs, including certification, undergraduate, and masters degree programs, for both health care and information
technology students and incumbent health care workers to ensure the rapid and effective utilization and development of health information technologies (in the United States health care infrastructure).

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Activities for which assistance may be provided include the following: update health information technology (health IT) instructional training material previously developed under the Curriculum Development Centers cooperative agreement program.

Updates will address five areas: population health, care coordination, new care delivery and value based payment models, patient centered care and health care data analytics.

After the updates are complete, grantees will train approximately 6,000 incumbent health care workers in team-based care environments.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Financial assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to rapidly develop and sustain a health information technology workforce.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Financial assistance to institutions of higher education, or consortia thereof, to rapidly develop and sustain a health information technology workforce.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application procedures will be specified in individual funding opportunity announcements. Applicants may consult with the office or official designated as the contact in the funding opportunity announcement for additional information on the application procedures.

Award Procedures

Following merit review of applications, those applicants whose applications have been selected for funding will receive a Notice of Award signed by an HHS Grants Management Officer. The Notice of Award, which is sent to the applicant?s Authorized Organizational Representative, is the only official notification of award. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised by letter.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 3016 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), as added by Section 13301 within Title XIII in Division A of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Public Law 111-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards were made for a program period of 2 years. Individual programs' funding opportunity announcements should be consulted for specific information. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Via Payment Management System (PMS).

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

A Federal Cash Transaction Report is due 30 days after the end of each quarter (January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30).

Progress and financial reporting requirements will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.

In addition, recipients of Federal awards from funds authorized under Division A of the ARRA must comply with all requirements specified in Division A of the ARRA (Public Law 111-5), including reporting requirements outlined in Section 1512 of the Act.

ARRA reports will be required quarterly.

The Federal Financial Report (FFR-425) is due within 90 days after the end of the applicable 12-month period (January 30).

Performance monitoring, if required, will be identified in individual funding opportunity announcements.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Grantees are required to maintain grant records for a minimum of 3 years from the submission date of the final financial report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the record has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until the completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 Not Separately Identifiable

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Awards made to 7 organizations in the amount of $966,436 each.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR part 74 and the HHS Grants Policy Statement located at: and ARRA terms and conditions:

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 330 C Street, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Phone: 202-690-7151

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific, detailed criteria for determining the merit of applications are available in the program-specific funding opportunity announcements for this program. In general, all applicants were required to demonstrate capability to achieve the goals, purposes, and objectives of the program consistent with applicable statutory provisions.

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