A few weeks ago President Obama signed into law the Continuing Extension Act of 2010. It includes a revision to the HITECH Act that will enable physicians practicing in hospital outpatient clinics to collect federal payments for meaningful use of health IT. My colleague Protima Advani, who heads up the Advisory Board's IT Insights practice, wrote the following analysis, which I though you might find of interest:
"This change marked a huge victory for many Washington lobbyists and may have set a precedent for additional amendments to the HITECH Act. In fact, right on the heels of this amendment, several congressional representatives introduced legislation to expand this definition--for the purposes of meaningful use incentives for EHR adoption--to include behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities.
New Law Enables Hospital-Based Physicians to Collect Meaningful Use Payments