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Healthcare Information Technology Exam Guide for CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician and HIT Pro Certifications by Brian Gugerty, Kathleen McCormick

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HIT Federal Advisory Committees and Agencies

In 1972, decades before ARRA, HITECH, and PPACA, the Federal Advisory Committee Act became law and is still the legal foundation defining how federal advisory committees and agencies (FACAs) should operate.71 As then prescribed, characteristics of such groups included openness and inclusiveness, specific authorization by either the President or the head of the overseeing agency, transparency, and clearly defined timelines for operation, termination, and renewal. In 2009, as mandated by ARRA and HITECH, ONC created two new federal advisory committees, the HIT Policy Committee and the HIT Standards Committee, in order to gain broad input on the use of healthcare IT to support healthcare reform. The National ...

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