House votes to overturn unique patient identifier ban
Healthcare Finance News
The voice vote approves the Foster-Kelly Amendment, which removes language that prohibits federal funding for the adoption of a unique patient ID.
The House of Representatives today approved the bipartisan Foster-Kelly Amendment as a part of the six-bill FY2021 minibus package that includes the Labor-HHS appropriations bill, which also passed today.
The Foster-Kelly Amendment, led by representatives Bill Foster, D-Ill., and Mike Kelly, R-Pa., removes Section 510 of the Labor-HHS bill, which prohibits federal funds for the promulgation or adoption of a unique patient identifier.
With this amendment, the Department of Health and Human Services could work with the healthcare community to develop a nationwide patient-matching strategy.
The Senate must still OK the policy change, which an array of healthcare...