Does Your Agency Need Funding for Health IT?

by Rebecca Farley on June 15, 2011

In 2009, Congress appropriated $19 billion for incentive payments to encourage health providers and facilities to adopt health information technology. But community behavioral health organizations and many types of behavioral health providers were left out of the legislation.

At Hill Day 2011, join us in urging Congress to fix this inequity!

Join hundreds of mental health and addictions providers from around the country in requesting that your Members of Congress sign on to legislation that would extend federal HIT incentive payments to previously ineligible behavioral health providers. We will be advocating for S. 539, the Behavioral Health Information Technology Act. This legislation would:

  • Expand the list of eligible professionals to include clinical psychologists and clinical social workers;
  • Allow mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities that have at least 10% their patient volume attributable to Medicaid recipients to receive increased facility payments for the meaningful use of health IT; and
  • Allow private psychiatric hospitals that have at least 10% their patient volume attributable to Medicaid recipients to receive these payments.

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a Congressional briefing on the importance of funding behavioral health IT initiatives. Stay tuned to the Hill Day website for more details as they become available!

For more information, check out our behavioral health IT FAQs and our document outlining the consequences of failing to include behavioral health providers in health IT initiatives. We’ll also be sending around a fact sheet on S. 539 as the date gets closer.

Haven’t registered for Hill Day yet? Registration is free and open to all members! Click here to register today, then book your hotel room and start setting up appointments with your Members of Congress.

 

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