Six years after Texas hospitals were given the ability to verify patient identity with a driver's license electronic strip, a bill passed by the state House and Senate would expand the practice to all providers.
Foreign policy trumps healthcare on the campaign trail, states oppose Medicaid, three GOP governors put politics over policy, AOA calls ICD-10 a "nightmare" and more ... This Week in Government Health IT.
Are Governors Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, and Rick Perry resisting health reform to advance their own political fortunes and, in so doing, simultaneously crumbling state healthcare systems and increasing the number of citizens left without insurance coverage?
The state's political leaders appear to be striving for a status quo wherein a large number of citizens lack health insurance or the means to obtain it. Will that spark a shift among voters during the upcoming November elections?
Parties and candidates will inevitably stoke the health reform debate fires between now and November but the one aspect they all seem to agree on, at least publicly, is the raft of benefits health IT brings. But the survival of HIT's bipartisan nature will ultimately be a matter of federal funding -- and not all health-centric technologies are equal.
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