Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- One little-noted provision I was
encouraged to see tucked in last week’s fiscal-cliff legislation
is Section 601(b): 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. Unfortunately, registries are not as
widespread as they should be -- and the ones that exist often
are limited to particular types of care.