GOP Bill Puts Meaningful Use & HITECH Act in Peril01.28.2011
Excerpted from a report by Health Data Management: Legislation introduced in the U.S. House and initially sponsored by nearly three-quarters of the Republican caucus clearly appears to seek repeal of the Medicare/Medicaid electronic health record meaningful use incentive payment programs. But whether the bill also would repeal all of the HITECH Act within the economic stimulus law is unclear.
The bill also would prohibit appropriations of funds to carry out any programs under the health care reform law, and a related law designated to “fix” components of the reform law.
The bill is H.R. 408, the Spending Reduction Act of 2011, and sponsored by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) along with, at this juncture, 174 other GOP members. The House has 242 Republicans, far above the 218 votes needed for passage in the chamber. The bill seeks to cut $2.5 trillion in federal spending during the next decade. It includes an extensive list of existing government programs that would be repealed, along with other provisions to cut spending, including extending the federal employee pay freeze and limiting the number of civilian employees in the Executive Branch.