Items of Major Significance to Hospitals. Medicaid Funding (FMAP) ... Meaningful users of HIT are hospitals using certified electronic health records ...
Reinvestment Act of 2009
$787 billion in total spending
ARRA increases federal Medicaid spending by a total of $86.6 billion nationwide through a 6.2% temporary increase to the base federal Medical Assistance percentage (FMAP) rate for all states for nine quarters (beginning 10-1-08 and ending 12-31-10).
Extends moratoria on Medicaid regulations through June 30, 2009, for targeted case management, school-based administration and transportation services, and provider taxes.
Provides that the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) should not promulgate regulations concerning Medicaid intergovernmental transfers, rehabilitative services, and graduate medical education.
Provides $17.2 billion funding for HIT incentive payments under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, including temporary Medicare incentive payments beginning during federal fiscal year 2011 for hospitals that demonstrate “meaningful use of electronic health records.”
Provides Medicare and Medicaid payments for HIT for critical access hospitals, FQHCs, rural health clinics, and children’s hospitals.
Includes $500 million for community health centers authorized under section 330 of the Public Health Service Act to provide care to uninsured and underserved rural and urban populations.
There is an appropriation of $4.7 billion, to be administered by the Commerce Department, for grants to states and other entities to increase broadband access and usage in unserved and underserved areas.
Provides $500 million to support the National Health Service Corps, including training of primary care physicians and nurses, and to repay loans.