View the February 20, 2009 UPDATE to this post here.
Despite a vote to occur within the Senate in less than 24 hours, the text of consolidated Senate revisions to HR1 is not yet available. However, this from the United States Senate website, updated February 9, 2009. Presumably, this is the most recent (current) version of the Senate amendment affecting incentives available to EHR adopters.
Senate Amendment 570 to HR1 (scroll down to S.A.570) still contains the following language, verbatim, from HR1 regarding incentives for provider adoption of EHR:
“(B) LIMITATIONS ON AMOUNTS OF INCENTIVE PAYMENTS.–
“(i) IN GENERAL.–In no case shall the amount of the incentive payment provided under this paragraph for an eligible professional for a payment year exceed the applicable amount specified under this subparagraph with respect to such eligible professional and such year.
“(ii) AMOUNT.–Subject to clauses (iii) through (v), the applicable amount specified in this subparagraph for an eligible professional is as follows:
“(I) For the first payment year for such professional, $15,000 (or, if the first payment year for such eligible professional is 2011 or 2012, $18,000).
“(II) For the second payment year for such professional, $12,000.
“(III) For the third payment year for such professional, $8,000.
“(IV) For the fourth payment year for such professional, $4,000.
“(V) For the fifth payment year for such professional, $2,000.
“(VI) For any succeeding payment year for such professional, $0.
So, despite the headlines depicting broad HIT spending cuts by the Senate, it appears this little chunk of spending will be carried forward into the compromise bill.
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