HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said he wanted his plan to finance information technology investments at hospitals with federal recoveries from healthcare fraud and abuse cases "done this year, before I leave." Speaking at a Medicare conference in Washington, Thompson reiterated his call to use half of the $1.2 billion collected annually from fraud and abuse settlements to help hospitals adopt standardized electronic patient records and invest in other information technology. Thompson also said that television ads on the Medicare reform law are not political as some Democrats have charged but informational, and he said HHS would "meet or beat" all deadlines for implementing the law. -- by Jeff Tieman
Thompson vows to get hospital IT plan in place
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