So it looks as if the nation’s taxpayers are going to spend about $20 billion to accelerate the use of computerized medical records. In his press conference Monday night, President Obama went out of his way to explain why that money belonged in the economic stimulus package.
Washington, D.C. – Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., released the following statement today in response to passage by the Senate of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The bill passed the Senate today by a vote of 61-37 and will now go into conference with the House of Representatives.
The U.S. House’s passage of President Barack Obama’s $20 billion proposal to promote electronic health records may do more for George W. Bush’s cousin than for one of Obama’s advisers.
At this crucial juncture in the push to pass an economic recovery package, President Barack Obama finds himself in the most unlikely of places: He is losing the message war.
The electronic health records plan in President Barack Obama’s $825 billion economic stimulus bill aims to boost security and privacy controls beyond those now required under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Edward Kennedy and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., are expected to try to amend the health information technology section of the economic stimulus package to ensure that electronic medical records collect data on race, ethnicity and gender, which they believe will help eliminate disparities in health care.
The House-passed version of the economic stimulus bill includes about $21 billion in spending for health IT. The bill, known as H.R. 1 or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, would give Medicare providers up to $41,000 apiece for using certified e-health records technology and reward hospitals and Medicaid providers as well. It also supports health information exchanges, standards development and conformance testing, a chief privacy officer for health IT and other aspects of health IT.
Government Health IT
January 28, 2009
Appropriations and Finance panels confer on language covering Medicare and Medicaid funding, domestic content, and regulating privacy of personal health records.
The New York Times
The time-tested way for governments to create jobs in a hurry is to pour money into old-fashioned public works projects like roads and bridges. President Obama’s economic recovery plan will do that, but it also has some ambitious 21st century twists.
January 19, 2009
New York, NY, Leaders in health care and health care policy feel strongly that President-elect Barack Obama should pursue an ambitious health care reform agenda that expands coverage while also improving quality and efficiency, and controlling costs.