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Proposed legislation would give patients improved access to records

Recently introduced legislation in the House of Representatives seeks to reduce patient frustration in dealing with a variety of interactions with the nation’s healthcare providers as they try to access their health records.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, (R-Wash.) introduced the bill, H.R 4613, which would authorize claims clearinghouses to build longitudinal health records for patients, for a reasonable cost-based fee, while also enabling the clearinghouses to analyze claims data including data on providers, diagnoses and treatment for episodes of care for the public good.

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