CHIME: House Appropriations Committee could clear way for national patient ID strategy
Every year since 1999, Congress has passed appropriations bills prohibiting the Department of Health and Human Services from using funds to promulgate or adopt a rule that would establish a unique health identifier. While we continue to believe that the ban should be lifted, we applaud the House Appropriations Committee for clarifying the limitations this restriction places on HHS and for encouraging the department to work with the private sector on developing a national patient identification and patient matching strategy.
Accurate patient identification is a linchpin to creating a safer and more efficient healthcare delivery system. Unfortunately . . .