Weekend Update

Congress is in session again this week.  Here’s a The Week in Congress link to a look at last week’s efforts.

On Thursday. a bipartisan bill to replace Medicare’s sustainable rate of growth formula was introduced,  as reported in Healthcare Finance News. Congress needs to approve this bill or another stopgap measure before April 1 in order to avoid a 21.2% cut in Medicare Part B reimbursement to doctors.  Modern Healthcare discusses six “things” that could kill the bill.  This will be a complex piece of legislation that is bound to reverberate on the FEHBP.  Ihealthbeat reports that the bill includes several significant health information technology provisions, including provisions to address the interoperability problem.

On Thursday, March 24, at 11:30 M ET the HITRUST Alliance is holding a webinar on its new framework for deidentifying protected health information.  That’s a good idea.