Proposals within the economic stimulus bill to expand HIPAA privacy rule provisions would have unintended consequences that could impede progress in using health information technology, according to Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Health Insurance Plans in Washington.

The trade association strongly supports the health I.T. funding provisions in the bill, she told reporters during a conference call on Feb. 4. The legislation, AHIP believes, would make a critical down payment on increased quality, transparency and cost efficiencies across the nation. "We're on the precipice of taking a major step forward."

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