House of Representatives Votes to Remove Ban on HHS Funding a National Patient Identifier System
The House of Representatives has voted to lift the ban on the Department of Health and Human Services using federal funds to develop a national patient identifier system.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) called for the development of a national patient identifier system. As the name suggests, a national patient identifier system would see each person in the united States issued with a permanent, unique identification number, similar to a Social Security number, that would allow each patient to be identified across the entire healthcare system in the United States. If a patient from California...