MAR 27, 2013

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White House, Congress Petitioned to Establish Unique Patient Identifier

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The White House Web site has a “We the People” page where citizens can start an online petition to change public policy. A post to the site on March 25 petitions the Obama Administration to “Ask Congress to no longer prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from establishing standards for a unique patient identifier.” The rest of the petition reads:

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