New E-Records Bill Would Expand Doctor Bonuses

Law360, New York (September 17, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT) -- Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., introduced a bill Thursday that would make it easier for doctors serving low-income patients to get incentive payments from Medicaid for switching to electronic health records.

Health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners can only qualify for the Medicaid e-records program if at least 30 percent of their patients are covered by Medicaid.

The problem, Kerry said on the Senate floor Thursday, is that in some states, even those with very low income often don't qualify for Medicaid, making...
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