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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5354

February Session, 2010

 

LCO No. 1659

 

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Referred to Committee on Human Services

 

Introduced by:

 

(HS)

 

AN ACT TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES FOR HOSPITALS TO ADOPT ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective from passage) The Commissioner of Social Services shall, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, take such action as the Commissioner of Public Health deems necessary to meet the qualification criteria established pursuant to Section 4201 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5 to obtain (1) matching funds for the Department of Social Services' administrative planning activities related to health information technology; and (2) incentive payments for hospitals and eligible professionals who are meaningful electronic health record users. The Commissioner of Social Services shall disburse any federal incentive funds for hospitals and eligible professionals that the commissioner receives pursuant to this section to each hospital and eligible professional not later than five business days after receipt of such funds.

Sec. 2. Section 19a-25g of the 2010 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) [On and after July 1, 2009, the] The Department of Public Health [shall be the lead health information exchange organization for the state. The department] shall seek private and federal funds [, including funds made available pursuant to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,] for the initial development of a state-wide health information exchange. Any private or federal funds received by the department may be used for the purpose of establishing health information technology pilot programs and the grant programs described in section 19a-25h.

(b) The department shall: (1) Facilitate the implementation and periodic revisions of the health information technology plan after the plan is initially submitted in accordance with the provisions of section 74 of public act 09-232*, including the implementation of an integrated state-wide electronic health information infrastructure for the sharing of electronic health information among health care facilities, health care professionals, public and private payors and patients, and (2) develop standards and protocols for privacy in the sharing of electronic health information. Such standards and protocols shall be no less stringent than the "Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information" established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, P.L. 104-191, as amended from time to time, and contained in 45 CFR 160, 164. Such standards and protocols shall require that individually identifiable health information be secure and that access to such information be traceable by an electronic audit trail.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

from passage

New section

Sec. 2

from passage

19a-25g

Statement of Purpose:

To obtain federal incentive funds for hospitals and eligible professionals to adopt electronic health records.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]