HIMSS: Ongoing Deficit Battle Will Not Threaten Meaningful Use Funds

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Despite continuing heated debates on the debt ceiling, healthcare providers can rest assured those talks will not lead to cuts or elimination of meaningful use incentive payments, said David Roberts, VP of government relations for the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society in an InformationWeek news report.

So far, at least seven proposals have been introduced to Congress that seeks to take away incentive payments that are tied to meaningful use compliance. However, Mr. Roberts said it is highly unlikely lawmakers would vote to take away the stimulus measure because incentive payments already began rolling out earlier this year, according to the news report.

On the other hand, meaningful use will also not likely expand to include other healthcare providers that were noticeably absent from inclusion in the meaningful use final rule, including nonphysician behavioral health professionals.

Read the news report about meaningful use incentives.

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