Congressional scrutiny of ONC’s authority may dampen the agency’s ambitions to regulate patient safety and develop certification programs apart from MU. However, ONC should be able to easily justify most – if not all – of its ongoing activities to critics through statutory language established by the HITECH Act.

House Questions ONC’s Regulatory Ambitions

Key Takeaway: Republican leaders on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), questioning its authority to regulate health IT apart from Meaningful Use certification.

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