TEXT OF AMENDMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 73
(Senate - May 07, 2018)

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                           TEXT OF AMENDMENTS

  SA 2241. Mr. McCONNELL (for Mr. Whitehouse (for himself and Mr. 
Portman)) proposed an amendment to the bill S. 1732, to amend title XI 
of the Social Security Act to promote testing of incentive payments for 
behavioral health providers for adoption and use of certified 
electronic health record technology; as follows:

       Strike section 2 and insert the following:

     SEC. 2. TESTING OF INCENTIVE PAYMENTS FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH 
                   PROVIDERS FOR ADOPTION AND USE OF CERTIFIED 
                   ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD TECHNOLOGY.

       Section 1115A(b)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 
     U.S.C. 1315a(b)(2)(B)) is amended by adding at the end the 
     following new clause:
       ``(xxv) Providing incentive payments to behavioral health 
     providers for the adoption and use of certified electronic 
     health record technology (as defined in section 1848(o)(4)) 
     to improve the quality and coordination of care through the 
     electronic documentation and exchange of health information. 
     Behavioral health providers may include--

       ``(I) psychiatric hospitals (as defined in section 
     1861(f));
       ``(II) community mental health centers (as defined in 
     section 1861(ff)(3)(B));
       ``(III) clinical psychologists (as defined in section 
     1861(ii));
       ``(IV) clinical social workers (as defined in section 
     1861(hh)(1)); and
       ``(V) hospitals, treatment facilities, and mental health or 
     substance use disorder providers that participate in a State 
     plan under title XIX or a waiver of such plan.''.

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