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Orszag Encourages Physician Use of Clinical Data Registries

Peter Orszag, vice chairman of corporate and investment banking at Citigroup Inc. and a former director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration, touts a "little noted provision...tucked in last week's fiscal-cliff legislation" in an op-ed for Bloomberg News<> (1/9, 1M). Found in Section 601(b), the provision is "an incentive for doctors to expand their use of something called clinical data registries." These registries "collect information on patient characteristics, patterns of care and outcomes that can be crucial to evaluating what medical techniques and strategies work and which ones don't." He offers a few examples of these registries, like the American College of Cardiology Foundation's "National Cardiovascular Data Registry, which collects information on many kinds of cardiology care." Orszag urges HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to "make new registries for specialty care a priority," and encourage physicians to participate in them. He concludes, "early promotion of registries in those areas could yield ideas for" lowering costs.

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