With Republicans in charge of both houses of Congress in January, some health information technology legislation that has languished might get resurrected in 2015, and efforts to challenge the statutory authority of federal agencies to regulate HIT also may be renewed.
The U.S. House in particular has seen several bills introduced in the past two years, generally led by a Republican member but some also co-sponsored by a Democrat. None of the bills could likely move on their own, but could get attached to legislation going through both chambers. Example: A new ICD-10 compliance date and delayed enforcement of the Medicare two-midnight payment policy were part of the Doc-Fix legislation enacted last spring to stave off a huge cut in Medicare reimbursement rates for physicians.
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