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STEAM Act and Equal Access and Parity for Multi-Campus Hospitals Act

In June 2011, Congresswoman Renee L. Ellmers (NC-2) introduced the STEAM (Stripping The E-Prescribe Arbitrary Mandates) Act of 2011 (H.R.2128), which is presently in the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and Ways and Means Committee.  The legislation would essentially remove the penalties for eligible professionals from the e-Prescribing Incentive Program, delete eRx as a requisite element of meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Program, and bar eRx reporting requirements from the future Shared Savings Program (Accountable Care Organizations).

In July 2011, Congressman Michael C. Burgess (TX-26) reintroduced the Equal Access and Parity for Multi-Campus Hospitals Act (H.R.2500), currently in the House Ways and Means Committee and Energy and Commerce Committee.  The bill would correct a technicality that restricts multi-campus hospital systems (more than one hospital sharing one CMS Certification Number) to one series of EHR Incentive Program payments for all locations.  H.R.2500 is supported by the major hospital and academic medical center associations and has a solid backing on the Hill.

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