Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Tex.), a physician and member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, has drafted legislation that would establish a congressionally-appointed advisory committee to develop an EHR interoperability standard required for certification that would go into effect by 2018.

The draft bill calls for the termination of both the Health IT Policy and HIT Standards Committees, which are to be replaced with a 12-member advisory committee composed of providers, qualified EHR developers, insurers, group health plans, and other stakeholders. Six of the committee members would be appointed by the House Speaker and minority leader, while the other six would be appointed by the Senate majority leader and minority leader.

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