ACTION NEEDED: Patient matching update in Congress

Over the last couple of days we have had some substantial movement on patient matching in the US House of Representatives.

Representatives Bill Foster (IL) and Mike Kelly (PA) introduced a bipartisan amendment this week that strikes section 510 from the Labor-HHS Education Appropriations which currently prohibits the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from spending any federal dollars to promulgate or adopt a national patient identifier.

The amendment will likely come to the House floor for a vote tomorrow and we need your help. We are asking AHIMA members to contact their U.S. Representative today and tomorrow asking them to support the Foster-Kelly Amendment #3 to HR 2740, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2020. AHIMA’s Advocacy Action Center has everything you need to email your U.S. Representative.

Here is the direct link to the engagement. Please feel free share this link via email, social media, etc. both far and wide.

If you have any questions or if we can be of any assistance, please let us know, we are happy to help. I will continue to keep you all updated as things progress!



Lauren Riplinger, JD

Senior Director, Federal Relations | Policy & Government Relations
AHIMA | American Health Information Management Association
1730 M Street, NW, Suite 502 | Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 839-1218