Sponsors seek to move on health IT bill

The leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee joined representatives of the Business Roundtable in calling once again for passage of the Wired for Health Care Quality Act.

Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), the committee’s chairman, and ranking member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) acknowledged that the bill has been stalled by disagreements within the Senate over how to ensure the privacy of electronic health records.

“We are basically stalemated with the privacy provisions in the Judiciary Committee,” led by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Kennedy said. He added that he did not expect much, if any, opposition to the bill from the Finance Committee, which has jurisdiction over some health matters.

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