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Centerstone Research Institute CEO to Present at Indiana Rural Health Association’s Health Information Technology Summit

Dr. Dennis Morrison will deliver presentation on the proposed HITECH Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act of 2010

Bloomington, Ind. and Nashville, Tenn.—Centerstone Research Institute (CRI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research and information technology, today announced that Dr. Dennis Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, will be presenting at the Indiana Rural Health Association’s (IRHA) Health Information Technology Summit. The conference, which brings together major players in the healthcare arena, including CEOs, CFOs, IT directors, clinicians, front-line managers, pharmacists, long-term care providers, home care providers and students to discuss important healthcare information technology developments, issues and initiatives, will be held November 30-December 1, 2010, at the Indianapolis Marriott North in Indianapolis.

Dr. Morrison will deliver a presentation entitled, “Behavioral Health and the HITECH Bill.” He will discuss the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), which provides incentives to eligible professionals through Medicare and Medicaid for the meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR), and the proposed HITECH Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act of 2010 (HR 5040, SB 3709). The HITECH Extension for Behavioral Health Services Act would extend eligibility for HITECH’s financial incentives and grant programs to behavioral health professionals excluded from the HITECH bill including mental health and substance abuse professionals; licensed psychologists; social workers; psychiatric hospitals; behavioral and mental health clinics; and substance abuse treatment centers.

Dr. Morrison will discuss the important role that HR 4050, if passed, would play in building a common health IT system for all providers and ultimately saving both lives and money. The presentation will be held Wednesday, December 1, from 10:15 am to 11 am, at the Indianapolis Marriott North.

About Centerstone Research Institute
Centerstone Research Institute (CRI) is a unique not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving mental healthcare through research, information technology and clinical informatics. CRI conducts service and clinical studies and partners with leading research institutions to advance knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and discover innovative treatments. The organization maintains an Institutional Review Board and manages the Knowledge Network, a technology-based, partner-driven alliance to facilitate the translation of research to practice. CRI also offers Behavioral Pathway Systems, a best practices benchmarking service. CRI is a recipient of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare’s Innovation Award and the 2010 Best Practices Award by The Data Warehousing Institute. For more information about CRI, please visit www.centerstoneresearch.org.

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