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November 5, 2021

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ACT NOW!  Tell the Senate to Support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act

 Advocacy Alert 

The bipartisan "Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act" has recently been introduced in the US Senate. We need your outreach to build support for this important legislation.

Prior authorization continues to be the number one administrative burden identified by healthcare providers. In a 2018 report by the US Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of the Inspector General, it was found that Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) overturned 75 percent of their own denials each year. These denials risk patient safety and add burdens to an already overburdened healthcare system.


A 2020 survey from the American Medical Association stated that 30 percent of physicians reported that prior authorization requirements have led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care. This legislation would modernize the way Medicare Advantage plans and healthcare providers use prior authorization, removing unnecessary steps and complications for patients while streamlining administrative processes associated with prior authorization.  

As an AHIMA member, you are the voice of health information on the Hill.

Contact your US Senators and ask them to support this vital legislation. Click the link below to email your Members of Congress now.

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Health Care's Costly Ageism Devalues Older Adults

Health Care's Costly Ageism Devalues Older Adults

Almost 20% of adults age 50 and older say health care professionals often cling to ageist stereotypes and disregard their input, resulting in poor diagnoses, unnecessary pain, a lower standard of care and other discrimination at a cost of $63 billion annually, one study estimates. The pandemic has exacerbated the problem in some areas, such as parts of Idaho, Alaska and Montana, where necessary health care rationing has led to rules that stress care for younger adults before older adults.

Full Story: CNN

Senate Takes Positive Step on Patient Identification

Patient ID Now, of which AHIMA is a founding member, applauds the US Senate for removing the longstanding ban that stifles innovation around patient identification from its Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS) appropriations bill. "We thank the Senate for putting patient safety first and removing the ban from the Labor-HHS appropriations bill that hinders innovation on the critical issue of patient identification," said our CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. "This is an important step to help ensure patients are matched accurately to their medical records in the years to come."            

With the US House of Representative's removal of the ban in its Labor-HHS appropriations bill earlier this summer, Patient ID Now is calling on the full Congress to pass this into law and officially remove the two-decades old ban on addressing a national strategy for patient identification and matching. Read more and make sure to explore our patient matching white paper, A Realistic Approach to Achieving a 1% Duplicate Record Error Rate.
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