House of Representatives Votes to Remove Ban on HHS Funding a National Patient Identifier System

HIPAA Journal

Steve Alder

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...

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