Get your CMS Part B Program Transmittals Here!

Click Here for your web-only discount!

Ambulatory Coding & Payment Report  
ED Coding Alert
Family Practice Coding Alert
General Surgery Coding Alert
Medicare Compliance Week
Medicare Legislation & Regulation
Medical Office Billing and Collection Alert
Neurology Coding Alert
Neurosurgery Coding Alert
Ob-Gyn Coding Alert
Oncology Coding Alert
Ophthalmology Coding Alert
Orthopedic Coding Alert
Otolaryngology Coding Alert
Pathology/Lab Coding Alert
Pain Management Coding Alert  
Pulmonology Coding Alert
Radiology Coding Alert
Urology Coding Alert
For More Specialities
Part B Insider
Medical Newswire

Audio Conferences
Audio Tapes
Audio CD's
Print Transcripts

Search Back Issues Now!
Current subscribers can log-in and access their newsletters anytime.




Bills Would Boost Health IT


Legislation aimed at boosting information technology seems likely to have a place in any Medicare reform bill, say Washington insiders.

Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), chairman of the Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, introduced the "Healthcare Information Technology Quality and Improvement Act of 2005," with ranking member Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA). The bill would require health IT systems to work with all other systems, and authorize a national health IT contractor and a "Best Practices Center."

The Enzi-Kennedy bill also would provide grants to help providers move to health IT systems.

The Grassley-Baucus pay-for-performance bill also calls for a three-year, six-site demonstration project on health IT, aimed at determining the "threshold" amount of IT that physicians need in order to collect quality data and use it to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries.