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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Senate Passes American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

Tuesday afternoon the Senate passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the so-called Economic Stimulus bill. Previously, the House of Representatives passed its version, H.R. 1. Now, the joint House-Senate conference committee will resolve funding and language differences in the House and Senate versions of ARRA. As we have noted earlier, each of these versions contains incentives for adoption of health information technologies, which are described in the so-called HITECH provisions of the House and Senate versions. President Obama is expected to sign a reconciled bill in the near future, assuming that the Democrats in the Senate can achieve at least 60 votes in a procedural motion to move the…

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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)