President Obama to Sign ARRA’s HITECH provisions Tuesday, February 17, 2009, in Denver, CO

The Senate joined the House on Friday evening, February 13, 2009, in passing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which includes provisions relating to Health Information Technology. Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B together are known as the “Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act” or the “HITECH Act.”  We will be highlighting attributes of the HITECH Act through the end of February. Contrary to the political blather, this legislation is a significant step forward in providing funding and incentives to accelerate adoption of standardized and interoperable electronic business and clinical technologies in healthcare and in strengthening privacy safeguards for patients’ protected health…

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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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National Provider Identifier Final Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 162 | [CMS–0045–F] | RIN 0938–AH99 HIPAA Administrative Simplification: Standard Unique Health Identifier for Health Care Providers AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Employer Identifier Final Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160 and 162 | [CMS–0047–F] | RIN 0938–AI59 Health Insurance Reform: Standard Unique Employer Identifier AGENCY: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Final Transactions Rule

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Parts 160 and 162 | [HCFA–0149–F] | RIN 0938–AI58 Health Insurance Reform: Standards for Electronic Transactions AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS. ACTION: Final rule. Download (Requires Acrobat Reader)