Bradley Merrill Thompson Quoted in “ONC Queried on Power to Regulate IT”

Modern Healthcare

Bradley Merrill Thompson, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, the Washington, DC, office, was quoted in an article titled "ONC Queried on Power to Regulate IT."

Following is an excerpt:

Leaders of the House Energy & Commerce Committee are questioning the authority of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to regulate health IT under a proposed interagency framework.

The letter (PDF), addressed to ONC head Dr. Karen DeSalvo, questions whether the agency is overstepping its statutory authority in proposing to oversee medium-risk health software, levy a user fee on industry members and create a safety center to look over the industry's safety record. It is signed by Reps. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Joseph Pitts (R-Kent.) and Greg Walden (R-Ore.) …

Bradley Merrill Thompson, a lawyer with Epstein Becker Green, and a member of a working group that advised FDA, ONC and FCC on health IT regulations, likewise said the lawmakers are asking good questions.

Thompson, who has advocated for the regulatory approach in public forums, said the framework "was very thin on details so I think Congress has a legitimate right to ask for more information before simply writing a large check."