A newly introduced bipartisan bill, the Electronic Health Record Incentives for Multi-Campus Hospitals Act, 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.
Bill seeks IT subsidy relief for multicampus hospitals
According to a news release issued 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 subsidy it can receive without recognizing the “incremental acquisition, training and implementation costs” they incur.
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