According to the Premier health alliance, the Senate acted today to address another major concern that it raised in its comments, which is the need for CMS to modify the proposed rule to expand the eligibility for EHR incentive payments to physicians who work in hospitals. As proposed, the rule would prohibit EHR incentives for every eligible professional who furnishes substantially all of his or her covered services in any hospital setting, even if the provider does not use a hospital EHR system in providing those services. The Senate passed earlier today a jobs/tax extenders package (H.R. 4213) that includes Premier-recommended language which ensures that hospital-based providers who practice in hospital-owned outpatient centers and clinics qualify for the incentives.
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