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October 26, 2014

Medical Record Rules: GOP Lawmakers Concered About Role of HHS Office

Today marks the deadline for comments to a Department of Health and Human Services proposed rule allowing health care providers some flexibility on implementing the use of electronic medical record requirements and extend a second stage of requirements through 2016. You can comment on the proposed rules through this link.

CQ HealthBeat’s John Reichard reported on Friday that some House Republicans are wary of the future role of the department’s health IT office and questioned responses from HHS Health IT Coordinator Karen DeSalvo about possible future plans to increase her office’s regulatory role — including the possibility of levying user fees — beyond the initial rollout of rules.

Tennessee Republican Rep. Marcia Blackburn wrote to DeSalvo in June about future regulatory plans and DeSalvo replied this month noting that a recent FDA report urged only additional health IT coordination and that the administration has dropped a suggestion for user fees.

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