S 643

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 643

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to direct Medicaid EHR incentive payments to federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 17, 2011

Ms. STABENOW (for herself and Ms. SNOWE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To amend title XIX of the Social Security Act to direct Medicaid EHR incentive payments to federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Fix HIT Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. MEDICAID EHR INCENTIVE PAYMENTS FOR FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS AND RURAL HEALTH CLINICS.

    (a) In General- Section 1903(t) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396b(t)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (6)(A)(i)--

        (A) by striking `are paid' and inserting `(I) are paid'; and

        (B) by inserting before the period at the end the following: `, and (II) in the case of a provider described in paragraph (2)(A)(iii), are paid directly to the Federally qualified health center or rural health clinic in which the provider predominantly practices, without any deduction or rebate'; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:

      `(11) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to allow duplicate payments to a Medicaid provider described in paragraph (2)(A)(iii) and the Federally qualified health center or rural health clinic in which the provider predominantly practices.'.

    (b) Implementation- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services may implement the amendments made by subsection (a) by program instruction or otherwise.

    (c) Effective Date- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

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