PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Sept. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coinciding with this week's National Health IT Week, the
Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council has announced
its endorsement of the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2013
(H.R. 3024). The bi-partisan legislation, sponsored by Rep.
Jim Gerlach (R-PA), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. John
Dingell (D-MI), would establish a pilot program to develop a secure
Medicare card using smart card technology to protect seniors'
personal information, prevent fraud and speed payment to doctors
"National Health IT Week is about spreading awareness of
healthcare IT issues, so the timing is right to draw attention to
the Medicare Common Access Card Act of 2013, which aims to address
a major issue - Medicare fraud and a lack of security in Medicare
cards," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card
Alliance. "We strongly support a Medicare Common Access Card
program, as it is estimated that upgrading the Medicare system with
globally proven smart card technology could save American taxpayers
$30 billion or more per year in fraud and waste reductions."
The endorsement comes as the
Health and Human Services Council, formerly the Healthcare
Council, expands its charter to promote the adoption of smart cards
in U.S. health and human services organizations and within the
national health IT infrastructure.
"The expanded charter will allow the Council to address
identity, security and fraud issues in healthcare and beyond into
social services programs like Medicaid, SNAP, WIC, and
unemployment. We intend to provide valuable resources on how these
programs can benefit from the use of a single, secure,
multi-purpose smart card-based credential," said Michael Magrath,
Gemalto and chair of the Smart Card Alliance Health and Human
The Eighth Annual
National Health IT Week is being held this week through
Sept. 20. The Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services Council
supports this initiative, which aims to create a collaborative
forum where public and private healthcare constituents will work in
partnership to educate industry and policy stakeholders on the
value of health IT for the U.S. healthcare system.
Smart Card Alliance resources on Healthcare ID can be found at
About the Smart Card Alliance Health and Human Services
The Health & Human Services Council activities stimulate the
understanding, adoption and widespread acceptance of single and
multi-application smart card technology for healthcare
The Health & Human Services Council activities include:
•Providing educational resources for health and human services
organizations, consumers, government organizations and members to
foster deployment of smart cards in the marketplace;•Identifying the challenges and opportunities in the emerging
health and human services marketplace for applications that can be
supported by smart card technology;•Promoting the development and use of standards for health and
human services applications
Participation is open to any Smart Card Alliance member who
wishes to contribute to the Council projects.
About the Smart Card Alliance
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry
association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use
and widespread application of smart card technology.
Through specific projects such as education programs, market
research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the
Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and
innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice
for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and
value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more
information please visit http://www.smartcardalliance.org.
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