In announcing the release this week of the final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, National Coordinator for HIT Karen DeSalvo, M.D., said ONC is looking to better support behavioral health providers not eligible under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.
Current federal rules prevent behavioral health providers treating mental and substance abuse disorders from receiving incentive payments for implementing EHRs that meet Meaningful Use criteria. In addition, federal confidentiality statute and regulations designed to protect the rights of consumers using substance use disorder services have been an impediment to electronic sharing of behavioral health clinical information.
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