The Well being Innovation Alliance on Tuesday known as on congressional management to cross laws that might enhance accountability for the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) and different public well being businesses.
“Not solely has the CDC been supplied an in depth quantity of further funding for COVID-19 response, however the company didn’t replace and modernize its response plans and techniques as required by Congress in 2006, and once more twice since then,” the group’s Govt Director Joel White wrote in a letter addressed to high lawmakers.
White urged Congress to “be sure that the CDC shouldn’t be utilizing the extra funding to duplicate profitable work already occurring within the personal sector” and restrict the company from requiring “pointless reporting” from state and native well being our bodies.
“Quite, CDC ought to give attention to taking actionable steps to make sure knowledge is flowing each as much as the company but additionally again to the suppliers, front-line well being employees, and public well being entities that want it for therapy and response,” White added.
The CDC has confronted intense scrutiny amid the COVID-19 pandemic, receiving criticism for sluggish responses and unclear steerage, amongst different missteps.
Following a sweeping inside evaluate, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky mentioned earlier this 12 months that the company wants to hurry up its response time, simplify its public-facing communication and enact different modifications to ensure it’s fulfilling its mission.
The Well being Innovation Alliance letter additionally pressed lawmakers to create a fee that might “challenge suggestions to Congress on whether or not and modernize federal legal guidelines and laws governing well being care knowledge” and to assist advances in digital care and digitization in well being care, like increasing telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries and streamlining the preauthorization course of that green-lights therapy plans.
Well being Innovation Alliance is a well being and expertise advocacy group composed of affected person teams, supplier organizations and different entities and stakeholders within the well being care area.