Health Care Reform Advisory: Bringing Health Care Technology Home—Senate Holds First Hearing on the National Broadband Plan and Health IT

With comprehensive health care reform legislation completed, Congress has now turned its focus on other initiatives that may ultimately have an impact on the implementation of health care reform. Released last month shortly before the health care reform finale, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) contains many provisions targeting health IT and encouraging more streamlined, widespread adoption of health IT technology. In spite of congressional action in the fields of financial regulation, climate and energy, and immigration reform, Congress has also been devoting a significant portion of its time to holding hearings on the NBP and assessing its potential impact if it were to be enacted as law.

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