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Stimulus health IT amendments lined up for consideration

Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Edward Kennedy and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., are expected to try to amend the health information technology section of the economic stimulus package to ensure that electronic medical records collect data on race, ethnicity and gender, which they believe will help eliminate disparities in health care.

The proposal, which AARP intends to support with labor, consumer and minority groups, is one of several changes to health IT language anticipated as the debate over the bill continues today.

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