Bill would expand 'meaningful use' for multi-campus health systems

Large health systems have complained that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act discriminates against them by treating multi-hospital organizations as a single entity for the purpose of "meaningful use" incentive payments. New legislation from Rep. Zach Space (D-Ohio) aims to placate them by allowing each hospital in a multi-campus organization to qualify separately for federal EMR subsidies. The bill would allow health systems to choose whether they wanted to receive base payments for each campus and one per-discharge sum, or one base payment for the entire organization with additional per-discharge amounts for each campus. News brief