Behavioral Health Information Technology Legislation
APAPO serves as an active member of the Behavioral Health Information Technology (“BHIT”) Coalition which succeeded in gaining the introduction this year of bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help alleviate some of the cost psychologists and other mental health providers incur when using electronic health records (“EHR”), and help further integrate behavioral health and primary care. The Improving Access to Behavioral Health Information Technology Act (H.R. 3331 / S. 1732), sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), would authorize the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (“CMMI”) to implement a demonstration program that provides financial incentives to mental and behavioral health care providers for adopting EHRs. Advocacy on this bill will continue in 2018.
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