U.S. Congress Passes E-Prescribing Provisions in Medicare Package


Yesterday a veto-proof majority in the U.S. Senate passed a Medicare package that includes an e-prescribing mandate. The same package ? the Medicare Improvement for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (HR 6331) ? was passed by a vetoproof majority in the U.S. House of Representatives before the July 4th congressional recess. The package passed in the Senate with a 69-30 vote and in the House with a 355-59 vote. The Medicare package is now expected to be vetoed by the President, for reasons unrelated to e-prescribing, and Congress is expected to override that veto.

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