MATCH IT Act Introduced

Please see the below notification from AHIMA:

We have some exciting news to share with you. As a leader in the Patient ID Now Coalition, AHIMA, with the coalition, has worked with our congressional champions over the past year to develop a legislative proposal to improve patient matching within the health system. We are happy to announce that late last week, Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 7379, the Patient Matching and Transparency in Certified Health IT (MATCH IT) Act of 2024.

AHIMA has been a long-time advocate on the issue of addressing patient misidentification, and this legislation is the next step in improving patient matching. To improve patient matching within healthcare, the MATCH IT Act will:

  • Define and standardize a patient match rate that accounts for duplicate records, overlaid records, multiple records, and mismatch rates;
  • Direct the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) to develop an industry-standard demographic data set and standards for those demographic elements to improve patient matching;
  • Update the ONC Health IT Certification Program requirements to include the industry standard data set; and
  • Begin to be able to measure patient match rates through inclusion of a voluntary bonus measure attestation within the Promoting Interoperability Program for eligible providers who meet a high accurate match rate, and development of a voluntary anonymous reporting system at ONC. Advocacy call to action we need YOU!

Please visit the AHIMA Action Center to contact your Representatives and urge them to support this vital legislation!