Unnamed senior officials at CMS confidentially report that serious bipartisan discussions are ongoing to help get the Health IT bill completed.
“Electronic medical records and e-prescribing, if mandated throughout the country, would save thousands of American lives each year”, one CMS official stated.
A senior Democrat house staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the leadership thinks that the current situation, where dozens of private companies are aggressively competing against one another to get a foothold in the world of health IT, is counterproductive, wasteful, and costing lives.
“Venture capital and the drive for profits is a distraction that this country, with 47 million uninsured, can simply not afford.”
Proposals apparently under consideration include banning advertising of health IT to doctors, licensing requirements for anyone involved in the sale or promotion of health IT products, and a special ‘health IT tax’ on health IT companies which would allow the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONCHIT) to distribute funds to areas of the country that lack a health IT infrastructure.
Calls to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for comment have not been returned.
If you think this could, would, or will not happen in an environment
where we sacrifice our individual freedoms for apparent short term
gains, you have not paid any attention to US health care policies over
the last 45 years.