Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 9 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Mental Health Notes Etc. Jan. 30th, 2009

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments

Mental Health Notes Etc., Jan 30th 2009

On Wednesday, Jan. 30th, the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009[ARRA or HR 598]. Te vote was mainly along party lines with eleven Democrats joining all the Republicans to vote against; The vote was 244 to 188. The bill has been sent to the Senate with a vote expected next week.

SCHIP [State Children’s Health Insurance Plan or HR2 ] continued to be debated on the Senate floor. SCHIP passed quickly in the House and was then sent to the Senate.

Medicare began to pay physicians an incentive for using electronic prescribing or e-prescribing this month. The benefits of e-prescribing include decreases in complications due to medication interactions or adverse medication reactions. Possible problems with e-prescribing have deterred neither the federal government from encouraging its use nor private insurance companies from providing bonuses to physicians that use e-prescribing according to the Wall Street Journal. Between the private and public incentives along with the $50 billion President Obama wants to invest over the next five years in health technology, e-prescribing looks like an essential component of the healthcare system of the future.

Rate It | View Ratings

Kenneth Briggs Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

An OEN Editor. Born-03/20/1934, BA Pol. Sci.-U of Washington-1956, MBA-Seattle U-1970, Boeing-Program Control-1957-1971, State of Oregon-Mental Health Division-Deputy Admistrator-1971-1979, llinois Association of Community MH (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Native Americans: They Were Seen as Savages

Doctors plan to use balance billing

Hopi Indian Nation

The Bush Legacy Propaganda

NAMI - The Nations Voice on Mental Illness

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend