House and Senate Agree on ARRA Provisions

On Wednesday, February 11, 2009, House and Senate conferees reconciled the House and Senate versions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment (ARRA) plan, or so-called Stimulus bill. The House and Senate are expected to approve the final version this week and send it to President Obama for his signature. The total of the stimulus is just over $789 billion. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that “$19 billion is set aside for health information technology. Physicians would get bonuses of between $44,000 and $64,000—and hospitals would get as much as $11 million—if they show they have computerized their medical-records systems. On the stick side of the equation, the measure…

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What Does the HITECH Act Mean to You?

Even though the US Senate is likely to pass the stimulus package in the next day or two, the House and Senate still have to come to an agreement on their funding differences. The HITECH Act is still holding its own with some possible additions to the $20 billion agreed upon by the House. Key words used by both House and Senate are “meaningful use” and “shovel ready”. In other words, everything is set in place ready to go, but just needs money to get it off the ground.  You’ve made a decision on your health IT system, you’ve completed your readiness assessments, and you’ve built a strategy to move…

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Senate Appropriations Committee S.336 & HITECH Report

US SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE Senate Bill S.336 Report Recommendations for Discretionary Appropriations and Mandatory Appropriations to Assist in the Economic Recovery of and Reinvestment in America AGENCY: Appropriations Committee, US Senate, 111th Congress. ACTION: Report. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Senate Appropriations Committee S.336 & HITECH Provisions

US SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE Senate Bill S.336 Recommendations for Discretionary Appropriations and Mandatory Appropriations to Assist in the Economic Recovery of and Reinvestment in America AGENCY: Appropriations Committee, US Senate, 111th Congress. ACTION: Bill. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)