“Creating a healthcare system that prioritizes a well-informed consumer and rewards improvements in quality requires overhauling the current system. Through a series of programs and initiatives, CMS, under Administrator Seema Verma’s leadership, is trying to fix some of the issues that plague the current US health system and make accessing care challenging for patients…”
“Data sharing is one area where CMS is making strides. The US healthcare system has done a notoriously poor job of making data in electronic health records (EHRs) usable and easy to share. Under Verma, CMS launched the Medicare Blue Button 2.0 program and overhauled the CMS EHR Incentive Programs. CMS also recently hired a chief healthcare informatics officer, who will help drive health information technology and data sharing, Verma wrote in a blog post when the role was first announced…”
“In addition to the programs and initiatives that have been implemented, CMS has unveiled the Interoperability and Patient Access proposed rule, which would require all Medicare, Medicaid, and federal exchange plans to share claims data and other important information electronically with patients…” Read the full article here.
Source: Seema Verma Envisions a US Health System That Shares Data, Is Truly Value-Based – By Laura Joszt, May 31, 2019. AJMC.