Senate bill looks to expand EHR use for mental health providers

A Senate bill calling for expanded health IT incentives for adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by mental healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and substance abuse treatment providers and facilities was introduced this week by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). The bill (S. 539), the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011, would extend eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid incentive funding for those who demonstrate meaningful use of certified EHRs. --Read the full story at FierceEMR

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