Congressman Makes Case for National Patient ID

Marianne Kolbasuk McGee

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., who has twice introduced a measure to pave the way for a national patient identifier, explains in an in-depth interview why he believes such an ID is essential.

For example, he says such an ID would help improve the matching of the right patient to all the right health records and prevent medical identity theft and fraud.

For the second time in two years, Foster introduced legislation to lift a 21-year ban on the Department of Health and Human Services funding efforts to develop and adopt a unique national patient identifier. The House recently voted to approve the bipartisan amendment, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Penn. (see: House Again Votes to Lift National Patient ID Ban).

The House also voted to...

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