Grim outlook for Congress passing health legislation in 2008?

Today’s Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report has a piece, Roll Call Examines Prospects for Health Care Legislation This Year in Congress.

Not surprisingly to me, you have to go all the way down to the very last statement in the piece before you find any mention of privacy:

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.): Failure in the U.S. health care market is “nowhere more evident than in the lack of widespread implementation” of health IT, Whitehouse writes. According to Whitehouse, the U.S. needs to see its national health IT “as national infrastructure” and needs “national standards” to protect patient privacy, for interoperability and for data quality, and a “new entity must have the power to set these standards. A national health IT system also “will need startup capital” and “must be accountable to the public,” Whitehouse writes (Whitehouse, Roll Call, 3/9).

Full story – Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report

There was no mention of the TRUST in Health Information Act of 2008, either.

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