Government Wants Your Individual Obesity Rating By 2014

All Americans, by 2014 will be required to have an individual obesity rating electronically recorded. It has been determined that under the new health stimulus law passed by President Barack Obama recently, that all Americans, by 2014, will be required to have electronic health records which will include their height, weight and body mass index (BMI).

BMI is a formula that calculates ones body measurements, including height and weight, in order to come up with an individual obesity rating. Calculation of BMI is the preferred method of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for measuring obesity and coming up with an obesity rating, which is the measure of a person’s body fat percentage.

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Regina Benjamin, the U.S. Surgeon Genera stated that according to the CDC, “BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.”

America has been criticized for being a nation that actually promotes obesity and hence leads American's to have health issues. The new health regulation also stipulates that the electronic records, including BMI will be able to quickly send individual health records as public health data to state and federal health agencies such as the HHS and the CDC.

The new obesity-rating regulation will be enforced in every American's electronic health record. The regulation states that it must, “Calculate body mass index. Automatically calculate and display body mass index (BMI) based on a patient’s height and weight.” In addition, these electronic health records will be available for viewing on a national exchange. Seems a bit invasive, say many, but there will be security measures in place on these electronic records to try to help with privacy.

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The 2009 economic stimulus law, already in place, has made some additions. The most major; this new regulation and requirement for obesity ratings within electronic records. This is the government's first step towards adopting a new universal requirement for electronic health records (EHRs) by 2014.

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology for Health and Human Services (HHS), shared on Tuesday that under the stimulus law, health care providers, including doctors and hospitals, must establish "meaningful use" of EHRs by 2014 in order to qualify for federal subsidies. If they do not comply, they will risk getting penalized in the form of diminished Medicare and Medicaid payments.

As outlined in Section 3001 of the stimulus law, it reads, "The National Coordinator shall, in consultation with other appropriate Federal agencies (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology), update the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan (developed as of June 3, 2008) to include specific objectives, milestones, and metrics with respect to the following: (i) The electronic exchange and use of health information and the enterprise integration of such information.‘‘(ii) The utilization of an electronic health record for each person in the United States by 2014."

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
when hell freezes over! it's none of their GD business, but hey, this is my "sugar coated" reply. Ask me what I really think about obama et al butting into my personal affairs.

Submitted by fatman (not verified) on
I agree with you thats between me and my Dr..not for the public I put a lot of money and time to get this way and it is a hell of a lot easer puting om than taking off and I do not need a BMI to tell I am fat. That health care bill and obama both need to be kicked out the door a long way down to gitmo

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
It needs to start in the White House. Some of those women are big and fat!! YOU FIRST!!

Submitted by joel (not verified) on
Vote Republican in November. Republicans aren't perfect but the U.S. needs a two party government to prevent dictators like Obama from exercising their free will. You can bet your last dollar Michelle Obama's BMI won't become public record.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I agree!!! It's getting worse than Russia years ago here! NONE of their Business! Obama needs to fins SOMETHING Constructive to do like wrk on the Housing market and get people back to work! Clean up the Gulf instead of leaving it to everyone else! Secure the Borders no no more of his Terrorist friends Come in, spreading like Cancer!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Terrorist friends? You might not make good policy, you certainly write good bumper stickers. Worse, how about doing something about our education system so that you can lean to write and spell English correctly? I thought it was out national language.

Submitted by Doug (not verified) on
Your height and weight are already in your chart. Your Dr. MUST comply with the bill in order to continue to receive payment from the government for services rendered to you. That is a requirement under the provisions of the bill that was passed. Just another way of eventually establishing info on every person in the U. S. which is what he set out to do, to have a universal health care program.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The Gov't will probably get the info from your physician whether you want them to or not.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
We have only ourselves to shame. Perhaps we could work off all those pounds by walking to the polls this fall and voting out every incumbent. Regardless, this 'health care' law is an invasion of privacy--government intrusion into the doctor/patient relationship, a means to increase government regulation, another unneeded bureaucracy. Simply put, we are living in a totalitarian state and afraid to admit it.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So this was in thesupposidly, health care package, and we were not told,, Is this dictatorship??? Is the congrees, under the thumb of the President?? Congrees does not have to give the President, any of his socialist doctrines, nor did we send anyone to washington, to lead us into Sociliszm.. I deem them trators, to there oath of office..If I am not allowed to say then can I say they are turn coats ??? == KEEP OUT OF OUT LIVES LEAVE OUR FAMILIES OLONE KEEP OUT OF OUT HOMES,,THEY ARE OUR CASTLES, BE THEM MANSIONS, OR A SIMPLE ABODE..=== you do not work for America....

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