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GAO Announces New Appointees to ONC’s Health IT Policy Committee

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced its selections for three open seats on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC). Jamie Ferguson (Kaiser Permanente, and formerly serving on the Health IT Standards Committee), Carolyn Petersen (Mayo Clinic), and Karen van Caulil, PhD (Florida Health Care Coalition) have been chosen to serve in the two patient/consumer advocate seats and one employer seat.

The HITPC is a federal advisory committee that provides policy recommendations for ONC; however, GAO is technically responsible under ARRA/HITECH for appointing the majority of seats on the committee. The HITPC has been the source of many controversial health IT policy issues since its establishment in 2009, including conceiving the ideas behind CMS and ONC’s now infamously prescriptive regulatory implementation of the HITECH’s Medicare/Medicaid EHR Incentive Program (or “Meaningful Use”).

Categories: EHR, meaningful use, Medicare