Tuesday, September 24 is Patient ID Day
Since 1999, Congress has prohibited the use of appropriated funds by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to “promulgate or adopt any standard for a unique health identifier…” This limitation remains in place and is a barrier to public-private sector collaboration in accelerating and scaling effective patient identification and matching solutions.
US House of Representatives adopted an amendment striking the language. The Senate should do the same!
We need to make sure that Congress rejects inclusion of the ban in the final spending package that Congress sends to the President to be signed into law. To do this, we need your help.
It is easy to help!
- Head to AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center
- Tell Congress the time is NOW to address patient misidentification and to reject inclusion of the ban in the final spending package.
- To contact your elected officials, please visit AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center
- To expedite correspondence, we have generated a message to your elected officials. Just type in your zip code and personal information to express your support for removal of the ban.