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CMS Administrator Published in Fortune Magazine

The Week In Health Law

  • The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), Seema Verma, co-authored a commentary published by Fortune Magazine explaining the Trump administration’s efforts to enhance access to medical records for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • The efforts focus on the use of Blue Button 2.0, which is promoted as a developer-friendly, standards-based data Application Programming Interface that enables beneficiaries to connect their Medicare claims data to the applications, services, and research programs they trust.
  • The commentary references the proposed rule issued last month requiring Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health plans sold on the federal exchanges to share medical claims and other information with beneficiaries starting next year
  • The commentary claims that more than 1,500 entities are developing applications to use with Blue Button 2.0, and that new policies will expand use of those applications to patients beyond Medicare beneficiaries, allowing more Americans to get information about their health care and make better-informed decisions.

More trending Health Law topics this week:

  • CMS Indicates Proposed Stark Law Changes Coming this Year

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