Bill seeks IT sub­sidy re­lief for mul­ti­cam­pus hos­pi­tals

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

A bi­par­ti­san bill, the Elec­tronic Health Record In­cen­tives for Multi-Cam­pus Hos­pi­tals Act, has been in­tro­duced that would al­low hos­pi­tals that have more than one cam­pus shar­ing a sin­gle Medi­care provider num­ber to re­ceive a larger share of the sub­si­dies for health in­for­ma­tion technology pro­vided for in the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009 stim­u­lus law. Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease jointly re­leased by House Ways and Means Health Sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Pete Stark (D-Calif.), Zack Space (D-Ohio), En­ergy and Com­merce Health Sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Frank Pal­lone Jr. (D-N.J.), and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), the bill would elim­i­nate the pro­vi­sion in the mean­ing­ful-use sub­sidy re­quire­ments is­sued by the CMS that treats mul­ti­cam­pus hos­pi­tals as a sin­gle unit, thereby cap­ping the amount of the sub­sidy it can re­ceive with­out rec­og­niz­ing the “in­cre­men­tal ac­qui­si­tion, train­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion costs” they in­cur.

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