This bill deals with bonus payments under the Medicare program for adopting electronic health records. In 2009, the HealthInformation Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITEC) was passed. The Act authorizes bonus payments to hospitals and doctors for using electronic health records. When the bill was written, hospitals in Puerto Rico were omitted from the bonus payment program (though physicians were not). This bill would apply the rules of the HITEC Act to such hospitals, giving the hospitals bonus payments for using electronic health records and reducing Medicare reimbursement rates if hospitals did not, in a manner identical to how the HITEC program is employed in U.S. states.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Ways and MeansHealthIntroducedMarch 21st, 2013
- house Committees
What is House Bill H.R. 1379?
The bill impacts hospitals, Medicare payments, and health in Puerto Rico.
Cost of House Bill H.R. 1379
$100 million over the next decade.