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Obama health care plan said to boost security, privacy controls

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).

Stimulus health IT amendments lined up for consideration

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.

House OKs huge health IT boost in stimulus bill

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.

Senate committees mark-up health IT stimulus package

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.

Technology Gets a Piece of Stimulus

The New York Times
1/26/2009
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.

SCHIP & Health Information Technology Top Priorities For Early Action

Webwire
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.

Health IT stimulus bill zips toward House floor

Government Health IT
1/23/2009

The massive legislative stimulus package with billions of dollars for health information technology continued on a fast track through Congress on Jan. 22, passing two House committees on its route to the House floor by the middle of next week.

House tees up $20B investment in health IT

Government Health IT
January 16, 2009

Congress might commit to spending $20 billion on health information technology over the next few years. That figure is in the economic recovery bill the House drafted and the Appropriations Committee released today. Committee action on the bill is expected next week.

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PFCD Experts Cite Health Information Technology as Key Investment for Economic Stimulus

PR Newswire
January, 14, 2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — PFCD Executive Director Ken Thorpe and Alan Aviles, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, spoke to reporters today about the potential inclusion of health information technology (HIT) in the economic stimulus package.

Stark Introduces Health IT Bill

National Journal
January 21, 2009

Just before Washington’s collective attention turned to inaugural festivities, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Fortney (Pete) Stark, D-Calif., dropped legislation aimed at overhauling the U.S. healthcare system through advances in technology.

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