Averill discusses the surprising resistance to ICD-10, widespread misperceptions, how another delay could enter the legislative discourse, and reasons that physicians are not dying to their hands on the coming code set's more granular data.
Texas providers were already ahead of the national curve before HITECH, and now, with some deep rural counties still lacking HIE, the state Health and Human Services Commission is looking to draft a statewide HIT plan next year.
In part because of the ruling and in part because of diverse state interests, there is a national mosaic of health law: employer taxes based on Medicaid expansion, experimental Medicaid-exchange policies and unanswered questions about federal preemption and state single payer programs.
Farzad Mostashari told the Government Health IT Conference that the balance of regulatory and market-based solutions to health IT standards and process improvement is a work in progress, but making inroads.
Saying that the proposed legislation would address "the failure of DoD and VA to develop a single unified medical record," one of the bill's backers explains that it would require VA and DoD to prove they are implementing a plan for that single medical record.
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.