Congress Passes 21st Century Cures Act, Impacting Health Record Privacy, Documentation, and Exchange
The US Senate voted on Wednesday to pass the “21st Century Cures Act” by a vote of 94 to 5. The act, which is largely devoted to regulations surrounding medical device and prescription drug approval, has numerous implications for health information management (HIM) and health IT professionals.
The American Hospital Association has authored a letter to Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) reiterating their support for the Electronic Health Record Regulatory Relief Act (S. 3173).
AHIMA has made an impression on Capitol Hill on the topic of voluntary patient safety identifiers, according to AHIMA’s Pam Lane, MS, RHIA, vice president, policy and government relations.
Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) is angry that in light of egregious privacy violations of nursing home residents on social media, federal health privacy officials have not responded with penalties or guidance.
Following a series of six hearings, the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee is working to develop legislation it hopes will help address lingering issues with EHRs.