House Committee To Consider Bill on Clinical Data Registries

July 29, 2014 in News

The House Energy and Commerce Committee is considering draft legislation (HR 5214) that would require HHS to release recommendations for developing clinical data registries aimed at improving patient care, Health Data Management reports.

On Monday, the committee scheduled a legislative markup, but the move was opposed by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) on procedural grounds.

Details of Bill

The bill would require the HHS secretary to issue recommendations “for a set of standards that, if adopted, would allow for the bidirectional, interoperable exchange of information between the electronic health records of the reporting clinicians and such registries.”

Specifically, the measure would require HHS to publish recommendations on how to:

  • Develop clinical registries, including outcomes-based registries; and
  • Use the registries to assess how care models and methods affect the management of chronic illnesses based on clinical practice guidelines and best practices.

The draft bill notes that the use of clinical registries to reduce the risk of chronic diseases is particularly important.

The draft bill would require HHS to advise on how the registries can be used to help health care providers improve clinical practices for the prevention of such diseases and recommend how to share any tools or educational resources “derived from registry data.”

The bill also calls on HHS to consult with national medical specialty groups to develop recommendations related to diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Reaction

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said that the “legislation would encourage the development and dissemination of best practices designed to support registry development that works for patients, provider groups and other stakeholders” (Slabodkin, Health Data Managment, 7/29).

However, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), ranking member on the committee, said that the American Medical Association opposes the measure “because they think it’s over-burdensome and may have the opposite effect of making it more difficult to create the registries” (Murphy, EHR Intelligence, 7/29).

An AMA spokesperson confirmed that the organization had “concerns about the bill” and said that the group would like to “discuss them with the committee” (Health Data Management, 7/29).

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