Tucked inside the Obama administration's blueprint for health reform, released yesterday, are a number of bipartisan provisions that rely and build on a wired system of health information technology.
The measures, however, are geared more toward the back office than the bedside, and deal largely with data collection and claims review primarily in an effort to contain improper billing.
In one example, the president has cribbed a proposal from Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), who has championed measures to allow for real-time reviews of claims data to stem fraudulent payments.
Another measure, also championed by a Republican lawmaker, would broaden access to the healthcare integrity databank, allowing quality control and peer-review organizations and private plans to use it to help bolster anti-fraud efforts.
President Barack Obama's proposal, which tracks closely with a larger reform bill already cleared by the Senate, will serve as the administration's marker as bipartisan talks begin on Thursday.
Also, his blueprint for reform includes a provision that requires HHS to study the costs and benefits of assigning universal product numbers to certain items and services under Medicare and another that helps bridge the work of the CMS with the Internal Revenue Service.