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The $44,000 Question for Ambulatory Providers

By Judy Hanover – 6 Comments

On Tuesday, February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provides about $20 billion in funding for healthcare IT, including incentive payments to physicians who implement and use eligible electronic medical records under the conditions laid out in the law.

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Stark Opportunities

By Judy Hanover

Depending on whether you consider the relaxation of the Stark anti-kickback rule to have begun with the HHS rule change in August 2006, or the IRS ruling in May 2007 that clarified the tax implications for non-profit hospitals, the rule change has been in place for about two years. The rule change allowed hospitals to subsidize up to 85% of EMR application and implementation costs for community and affiliated physicians, and was expected to accelerate the adoption of EMRs by community physicians for use wit

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) signed by President Obama A national health information network where the electronic medical records for all Americans could be exchanged makes ardent privacy advocates very nervous.  In the 400-plus page document the only reference to "opt out" concerns opting out of receiving fund raising communications from organizations that meet the definition of a health operation.  Despite this seemingly glaring oversight, there are other provisions

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The Economic Stimulus Package and Healthcare Payers By Janice Young   Within the economic stimulus package signed this week by President Obama is reportedly $1 billion for comparative-effectiveness research, with another billion going toward clinical preventive services and community-based prevention programs, according to a fact sheet issued by the White House. In addition, nearly $20 billion is reportedly included for investment in health information technology, with HHS receiving $50 million for inf

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