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July 24, 2014

Pathologists Find Sympathetic Lawmakers on Electronic Records Plan

Most people think of Congress when they think of lobbyists, but there are many lobbyists that focus on federal agencies, seeking to adjust regulatory matters. Congress itself gets into the act, sending agencies a stream of letters, making tweaks via legislative activity and even filing lawsuits. The nation’s pathologists received that kind of help recently.

In May, the Department of Health and Human Services issued proposed rules changing the timeline and definitions of requirements for health care providers to implement enhanced electronic health records. CQ HealthBeat’s Kerry Young reported Monday on some of the feedback on the rule proposal, featuring a letter from a group of 89 House lawmakers urging HHS to provide a hardship exemption for pathologists.

Pathologists use sophisticated laboratory record keeping systems, but have little influence over the adoption of standards for advanced patient records.

The rule proposal seeks input from the public and the comment deadline expires on July 21. Comments can be posted at this website.

 

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