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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 35RR: Health Information Technology Trust Fund

[ Text of section effective until March 29, 2019. For text effective March 29, 2019, see below.]

  Section 35RR. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Health Information Technology Trust Fund, in this section called the fund. There shall be credited to the fund revenues from federal reimbursements under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of Pub. L. No. 111-5, and any other federal reimbursements, grants, premiums, gifts or other contributions from any source received for or in support of the health care provider incentive payment program and for the promotion of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange in the commonwealth. The secretary of health and human services shall be the fund's trustee and shall expend the fund, without further appropriation, for incentive payments to eligible Massachusetts Medicaid health care providers for the adoption, implementation, upgrade or meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology and to support the planning, implementation and operating costs of administering these payments. The secretary may certify for payment amounts in anticipation of federal revenues collected for the corresponding quarter during the previous fiscal year. For the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the secretary may incur expenses, after written approval from the secretary of administration and finance, and the comptroller shall certify for payment, amounts not to exceed the most recent revenue estimate as certified by the MassHealth director, as reported in the state accounting system.

[ Text of section as amended by 2019, 5, Sec. 4 effective March 29, 2019. For text effective until March 29, 2019, see above.]

  Section 35RR. There shall be established and set up on the books of the commonwealth a separate fund to be known as the Health Information Technology Trust Fund. There shall be credited to the fund revenues from federal reimbursements under Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security Act and applicable waivers thereof, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, Title XIII of Division A and Title IV of Division B of Pub. L. No. 111-5 and any other federal reimbursements, grants, premiums, gifts or other contributions from any source received for or in support of the commonwealth's Health Insurance Exchange/Integrated Eligibility System, the health care provider incentive payment program and for the promotion of electronic health record adoption and health information exchange in the commonwealth. The secretary of health and human services shall be the fund's trustee and shall expend the fund, without further appropriation, for costs associated with the development, maintenance and administration of the Health Insurance Exchange/Integrated Eligibility System, incentive payments to eligible MassHealth health care providers for the adoption, implementation, upgrade or meaningful use of certified electronic health record technology and to support the planning, implementation and operating costs of administering these payments. The secretary may certify for payment amounts in anticipation of federal revenues collected for the corresponding quarter during the previous fiscal year. To accommodate timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the secretary may incur expenses, after written approval from the secretary of administration and finance, and the comptroller shall certify for payment, amounts not to exceed the most recent revenue estimate as certified by the MassHealth director, as reported in the state accounting system.

  Annually and not later than March 1, the secretary shall file a report with the clerks of the house of representatives and the senate, the joint committee on health care financing and the house and senate committees on ways and means that provides an accounting of the money received by the fund, broken down by source, and the expenditures made from the fund, broken down by payer and amount paid.