Opinion: CMS Administrator on proposed health record sharing rule

“… Last year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took an exciting first step by advancing Blue Button 2.0 API, a new program that allows Medicare beneficiaries to share their health care claims data with applications and services that help them manage their health…”

“Now, the agency is taking this effort a significant step further, issuing a proposed rule that would require Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health plans sold on the federal exchanges to share medical claims and other health information electronically with their enrollees by 2020.”

“If finalized in its current form, this rule will ensure that an additional 85 million patients have access to their health information in a standardized digital format, on top of the almost 40 million Medicare beneficiaries who already have access to their data through Blue Button 2.0…” Read the full article here.

Source: All Your Health Records in One Place? This New Policy Could Make That a Reality – By Jared Kushner, Chris Liddell, and Seema Verma, March 4, 2019. Fortune.

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