How to Join



The Regional Extension Center is here to help all providers in the state of New York to get to Meaningful Use. For qualified providers, our services are heavily subsidized for individual providers by a federal grant. To be eligible for the subsidy, your practice must include Priority Primary Care Providers.

A Priority Primary Care Provider (PPCP) is defined as a licensed doctor of medicine (MD), Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO), Nurse Practitioner (NP), Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Midwife with prescriptive privileges who provides primary care clinical services for the Practice in the area of family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, general internal or pediatric medicine.

Practices must be either:


  • Individual or a small group practices (defined as ten or fewer professionals with prescriptive privileges in the practice) primarily focused on primary care
  • Public and Critical Access Hospitals
  • Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics
  • Other settings that predominantly serve uninsured, underinsured, and medically underserved populations


A Practice can participate even if all providers in the Practice choose not to join the Regional Extension Center; however, NYeC strongly recommends that an entire Practice participates. Also, because the amount of provider subsidies is limited, preference will be given to small group practices with a higher ratio of Priority Primary Care Providers (PPCPs) to specialists. Practices with a mix of provider types may still apply, but the providers ineligible for a subsidy will need to pay for the non-subsidized portion of their services. This is detailed in the REC Participation Fees Section.