Although it has thus far only passed a committee vote, the “Improving Health Information Technology Act” may be a sign of things to come.
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.
The Senate Appropriations Committee opted not to adopt amendments aimed at slowing down full implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS in a markup session of an appropriations bill Thursday morning. The bill has advanced to the floor for a vote, but the possibility for amendments remains.
A panel of health IT stakeholders testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning about the progress and challenges that remain in electronic health record interoperability.
The Senate has formally scheduled discussion and will vote on a bill that includes language delaying ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation until at least October 1, 2015. AHIMA has put out a call to members and other stakeholders to contact their senators and tell them to vote against the SGR bill and not delay ICD-10.