The National Community Pharmacists Association is asking HHS to consider its suggested changes to requirements under the health information technology provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Under the segment of the law, known as the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, or HITECH, “bureaucratic hurdles” might affect patients' access to prescription drug services, according a letter from the association. The letter was sent to Susan McAndrew, deputy director of health information privacy for HHS' Civil Rights Office as a follow-up to a meeting between the association and the office to discuss health IT implementation in pharmacies.
Various disclosure requirements as they are currently written under HITECH are time-consuming and do not benefit patients, according to the NCPA. “Pharmacies could become entangled in a morass of new requirements that will do little to serve patients but will add costs and burdens to small businesses,” the association wrote.