Patient Identification Update
While Congress did not eliminate language in the final spending package related to the unique patient identifier (UPI) ban, they did include language to evaluate its effectiveness. Congress is directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in coordination with other Federal agencies, to provide a report one year after enactment studies on current technological and operational methods to help improve the identification of patients.
They are asking the report to contain the evaluation of “effectiveness of current methods and recommend actions that increase the likelihood of an accurate match of patients to their health care data.” Congress is also asking the report to contain any “……risks and benefits to privacy and security of patient information.”
With this language, we are hopeful this will allow us to continue the path of this issue moving forward. Quite a bit of grassroots efforts has been made on this important topic.
We have made more progress in the past year alone than the last 20 years. Thank you for all your efforts in lobbying for this important initiative!
- Over 196 Hill visits were made by AHIMA members to discuss patient identification
- Over 1,200 AHIMA members contacted their elected officials about patient ID
- Approximately 3,500 emails and phone calls were made to Capitol Hill by AHIMA members on patient ID