Swipe driver’s license, collect patient data in Texas

Texas state legislators and the Texas Medical Association are riding ahead of the herd with two smart ideas, one which is about to become law. The first is awaiting the governor’s signature, the just-passed Senate Bill 166, which would allow healthcare providers to collect and verify patient data by the simple procedure of swiping a Texas resident’s driver’s license. The second two bills have passed the Texas Senate and are in their House committee: SBs 644 and 1216 standardize the preauthorization forms required for prescription drugs and health services–one of the biggest headaches and time-wasters for doctors. Texas Tribune via The New York Times. iHealthBeat

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