The changing face of AHIC
It is a tale of three committees: one fading into history, a second forming to take its place and a proposed third that might supplant the first and render the second moot.
On Nov. 12, members of the American Health Information Community are scheduled to gather for their 25th and, perhaps, final meeting. AHIC, which was created in 2005 by HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt to advise him on healthcare information technology policy, is being converted into a privately run and managed not-for-profit group called AHIC Successor.
But the new AHIC may be overshadowed next year by a proposed new federal oversight committee that has the backing of powerful lawmaker Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), a move opposed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.