Employees’ previously protected genetic testing information might soon be up for grabs by their employers under a new bill recently approved by a US House of Representatives committee, according to the bill’s detractors.
Regarded as a landmark bill, the 21st Century Cures Act covers a lot of ground, including transparency, breaking down silos in healthcare, interoperability, and an EHR reporting program.
In the last half of 2016 at least, healthcare legislation with a technology focus has been an unlikely but welcome area of bipartisan agreement.
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.
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.