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"Obesity Rating for Every American Must Be Included in Stimulus Mandated Electronic Health Records,


Last Edited: July 16, 2010, 1:07 pm

"Obesity Rating for Every American Must BeIncluded in Stimulus-Mandated Electronic Health Records, SaysHHS
Thursday, July 15,2010

By Matt Cover, StaffWriter

"(CNSNews.com) – New federal regulationsissued this week stipulate that the electronic health records--that allAmericans are supposed to have by 2014 under the terms of the stimulus law thatPresident Barack Obama signed last year--must record not only the traditionalmeasures of height and weight, but also the Body Mass Index: a measure ofobesity.

The obesity-rating regulationstates that every American's electronic health record must: “Calculate bodymass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on apatient’s height and weight.”

The law also requires that these electronichealth records be available--with appropriate security measures--on a nationalexchange.
The new regulations are one of the first steps towards thegovernment’s goal of universal adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) by2014, as outlined in the 2009economic stimulus law.  Specifically, the regulations issued on Tuesday byHealth and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. David Blumenthal,the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, define the"meaningful use" of electronic records. Under the stimulus law, health careproviders--including doctors and hospitals--must establish "meaningful use" ofEHRs by 2014 in order to qualify for federal subsidies. After that, they will besubjected to penalties in the form of diminished Medicare and Medicaid paymentsfor not establishing "meaningful use" of EHRs.

Section3001 of the stimulus law says: "The National Coordinator shall, inconsultation with other appropriate Federal agencies (including the NationalInstitute of Standards and Technology), update the Federal Health IT StrategicPlan (developed as of June 3, 2008) to include specific objectives, milestones,and metrics with respect to the following: (i) The electronic exchange and useof health information and the enterprise integration of such information.‘‘(ii)The utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the UnitedStates by 2014."

Under this mandate in the stimulus law, SecretarySebelius issued a regulation--developed by Dr. Blumenthal--that requiresthat all EHRs keep track of a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI) score. Body MassIndex is a ratio between a person’s weight and height, and is used to determinewhether or not someone is overweight or obese. It is the preferred method of theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for measuringobesity. 

Michelle Obama has made dealing with the problem of childhoodobesity the main theme of her term as First Lady.

According to the CDC, “BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is usedto screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.”
Aperson’s BMI score is used as a tool to screen for obesity or excessive body fatthat could lead to other health problems. While it does not actually measurebody fat directly, according to CDC, the BMI scores generally correlate with aperson’s body fat percentage.
The new regulations also stipulate thatthe new electronic records be capable of sending public health data to state andfederal health agencies such as HHS and CDC. The CDC, which calls Americansociety “obesogenic” – meaning that American society itself promotes obesity –collects BMI scores from state health agencies every year to monitor obesitynationwide.
“Electronically record, retrieve, and transmit syndromebased public health surveillance information to public health agencies,” theregulations read.
With the spread of electronic health records, the CDCapparently will be able to collect such data more efficiently and with greateraccuracy because the electronic record keeping systems can send the dataautomatically, eliminating the need for government – both state and federal – tokeep, send, and process physical records."


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Rick GComment by Rick G - July 16, 2010, 1:33 pm
Boy, is this going to get ugly.
konaneComment by konane - July 16, 2010, 1:38 pm
Thanks Rick! Tend to agree with you. Guess they figure now they control the health system they can tell us what, when, how much to eat, etc.
sully16Comment by sully16 - July 16, 2010, 2:36 pm
Electronic health record? Our right to privacy? Well looks like will see underground medicine crop up and when someone kills a patient will see the government snap into action to stop black market medicine. These a$$holes are goint to force us all back into caves.,
konaneComment by konane - July 16, 2010, 2:46 pm
Thanks Sully! On the surface it seems a bit too intrusive in my opinion.
sully16Comment by sully16 - July 16, 2010, 4:56 pm
Getting our DNA What a great way to track us!
In my sons school they were doing finger printing in case he got lost or stolen, I told my son you are not to give any one your fingerprints.
We eat healthy here we do enjoy our treats from time to time but I don't need anyone telling me what I can or cannot ingest.
I will not be told what kind of carpet to have or what kind of material to have in my pillows.
I will not be told what kind of car to drive or what kind of gum to chew.
My laundry soap will be of my own choosing.
I have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
People so do you!
If we give them an inch they will take a mile.
If you do anything today, check out the lives of people in Russia, China, N.Korea.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - July 16, 2010, 5:07 pm
Isnt it wonderful of all the fine things they are doing for us. Pretty soon we are all going to have our own gated communities like they have in China. A separate gated community for the rich, (they are here already LOL), the poor, The middle class, the migrant workers and so on. We will even have our own I D specifing where we are to be at.
I just love socialism.
konaneComment by konane - July 16, 2010, 5:25 pm
Thanks Sully! We've been giving in by inches over the years and we now see where it's getting us.
konaneComment by konane - July 16, 2010, 5:27 pm
Thanks JAP! Read they're stocking FEMA Camps with food ........ Is that a gated community?
sully16Comment by sully16 - July 16, 2010, 6:20 pm
konaneComment by konane - July 16, 2010, 6:22 pm
Thanks Sully! Eat another one for me! LOL

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