Proposed HITECH Amendment Would Extend EHR Incentive Payments to Physician Assistants

A proposed amendment to the HITECH Act would extend Medicaid electronic health record incentive payments to physician assistants whose patient volume includes at least 30 percent Medicaid beneficiaries, according to an American Academy of Physician Assistants news release.

The bill, Health IT Modernization for Underserved Communities Act of 2011, was filed by Representatives Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Lee Terry (R-Neb.). The bill would benefit patients in medically underserved communities because PAs are often the sole healthcare providers in these areas, according to the release.

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