Murphy removes mental health provider EHR incentive from bill

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Things are moving fast with the pending markup of HR 2646. The manager’s amendment for Rep. Tim Murphy's Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act circulated this morning removes a section that would have added certain behavioral health providers to the meaningful use EHR incentive program.

The original bill made psychologists, substance abuse professionals, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers and outpatient mental health facilities eligible for the meaningful use payments that most doctors and acute-care hospitals have been able to receive.

Apparently, Congressman Murphy removed the section of the bill because it would be too expensive to implement, making it more difficult to pass the legislation.

And so the sausage making begins...

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