On Friday, July 10th, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21st Century Cures Act by a 344-77 vote. An amendment offered by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) expressing a “Sense of Congress” on the value of recording unique device identifier information in EHRs at the point of care was also approved by a voice vote.
This was the last hurdle in terms of advancing this legislation in the House. The Senate is currently working on their version of similar legislation. The Senate would need to pass their version and then conference with the House before sending an agreed upon version of the legislation to the President to sign into law.
The 21st Century Cures Act contained multiple health IT related provisions, particularly in the areas of FDA regulation, telehealth, and interoperability. HIMSS Congressional Affairs has produced a summary outlining key policies in these areas. Additionally, the House Energy and Commerce Committee produced a section-by-section summary of the full bill text.