Monday, August 07, 2006

Administration to set health care information standards

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 7, 2006; Page A04

The Bush administration will soon launch an ambitious effort to require that all providers of federally financed health care adopt quality-measurement tools and uniform standards for their information technology, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Sunday.

The goal of the initiative, Leavitt said, is to reduce health-care cost inflation while increasing the quality of medical services individuals receive.

The executive order would affect doctors and hospitals serving the Medicare population of elderly Americans and people served by any other federally financed service.

It would require those health providers to join with the government to standardize the requirements for information technology systems coming into their facilities; set standards for care of specific health problems; and develop uniform methods of measuring and reporting the outcomes of treatments.


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