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AHIP Submits Statement For Senate Hearing On Electronic Health Information

posted by AHIP

on March 26, 2019

On March 26, 2019, AHIP submitted a statement for a Senate HELP Committee hearing on patient information and the interoperability of health information technology.

Our statement emphasizes that AHIP and our members are strongly committed to providing patients with meaningful access to their health information. We support seamless access to health information by providers and patients to make better choices about care and treatment.

AHIP is working closely with our members to develop detailed comments on the Trump Administration’s proposed rules for implementing provisions of the “21st Century Cures Act” that aim to improve interoperability and make electronic health information more broadly available to patients and health care providers.

Based on preliminary discussions with our member plans, we have significant concerns that the implementation timeline outlined in the Administration’s proposed rules is unrealistic. The proposed effective dates—between January 1, 2020, and July 1, 2020 (depending on plan type)—are simply not feasible; they would pose significant compliance burdens not only on health insurance providers, but also health care providers and others in the health care system.

Our statement also emphasizes the importance of protecting the privacy and security of patient health information. As we develop comments on the proposed rules, we are focused on ensuring that the rules maintain and enhance patient protections, minimize administrative burdens, and establish clear data standards and operational protocols to put meaningful information into the hands of patients, doctors, and health insurance providers.