House Approves Lifting HHS Ban on Unique Patient IDs

June 13, 2019 Mayuri Kumar

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an amendment to a proposed appropriations bill that would lift a 20-year ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding the development or adoption of a unique, national patient identifier. But plenty of hurdles remain.

Many healthcare and health IT industry groups have long been urging Congress to lift the ban so that an identifier could be used to help match patients with the correct electronic health information from multiple sources to improve care quality and patient safety. But privacy advocates worry that an identifier could lead to inappropriate exposure of sensitive information.

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