Reps. Tim Murphy (R-Penn.) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) have introduced a bill allowing behavioral health and addiction treatment providers to receive payments from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs.

The bipartisan Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act expands Medicaid and Medicare meaningful use incentives eligibility to include mental health treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse treatment facilities. The bill also expands the types of providers that are eligible to receive these funds, including clinical psychologists and licensed social workers.

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