But it’s not roads and bridges.
It’s socialized medicine rationing infrastructure. 500 pages worth from the feds, all for a few billion(reported as much as $45billion) in payoffs.
Notice how often “Feds” will be quoted in health care articles from now on and tell me its not socialized medicine.
Feds Unveil Incentive Plan For Electronic Medical Records
Late Wednesday, Health and Human Services officials unveiled more than 500 pages of proposed rules on what doctors and hospitals have to do to collectbillions of dollars in stimulus money for switching from paper medical files to computerized health records. Basically, they have to show they’re using electronic systems to meaningfully improve care.
A simple sounding phrase–meaningful use–is the key that could open a vault of federal bonus bucks for doctors and hospitals.
By Scott Hensley
December 31, 2009
The feds did release this proposed rule today regarding certification criteria. But Scott Decker, president of the EMR shop NextGen, pointed out to us that it’s still not clear what body will be doing the certifying.
There is an existing certification group, but the feds haven’t said for sure whether that group will be the key for getting a stimulus-ready system. “The lack of a certification body at this stage is a problem,” Decker said.
I’m sure some HHS czar will tell us who will certify the record systems. Probably someone in the DNC office, “Yep, all the records and names are coming through fine.”