S. 539 (112th): Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011

Introduced:
Mar 10, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Status:
Died (Referred to Committee)
Sponsor
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senator from Rhode Island
Party
Democrat
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Last Updated
Mar 10, 2011
Length
9 pages
Related Bills
S. 1517 (113th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Sep 18, 2013

H.R. 6043 (Related)
Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2012

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jun 27, 2012

 
Status

This bill was introduced on March 10, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Progress
Introduced Mar 10, 2011
Referred to Committee Mar 10, 2011
 
Full Title

A bill to amend the Public Health Services Act and the Social Security Act to extend health information technology assistance eligibility to behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse professionals and facilities, and for other purposes.

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Cosponsors
17 cosponsors (15D, 1R, 1I) (show)
Committees

Senate Finance

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Library of Congress Summary

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3/10/2011--Introduced.
Behavioral Health Information Technology Act of 2011 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to expand the definition of "health care provider" for purposes of health information technology provisions to include a behavioral or mental health professional, a substance abuse professional, a psychiatric hospital, a community mental health center, a residential or outpatient mental health treatment facility, and a substance abuse treatment facility.
Adds community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, behavioral and mental health professionals, substance abuse professionals, residential or outpatient mental health treatment facilities, and substance abuse treatment facilities to the list of entities with priority for receiving direct assistance from regional extension centers to effectively adopt, implement, and utilize health information technology.
Amends titles XVIII (Medicare) and XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act to include qualified clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, residential or outpatient mental health treatment facilities, and substance abuse treatment facilities within the health professionals, hospitals, and Medicaid providers eligible for incentive payments for the meaningful use of certified EHR technology.
Applies Medicare hospital market basket adjustments for such incentives applicable to inpatient hospitals to psychiatric hospitals.

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