A draft version of an $85 billion "Jobs Bill" that could be introduced on Feb. 11 includes language to expand the types of physicians eligible for meaningful use incentive payments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

ARRA's language--and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed meaningful use rule--excluded hospital-based physicians from receiving incentive payments. But many industry stakeholders believed that congressional intent was to include physicians who primarily work in ambulatory care facilities owned by hospitals.

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