CMS begins pilot program to give physicians access to claims data to fill gaps in care

The CMS has launched a pilot program that is based on an industry-standard application programming interface that gives providers access to patients' claims data, according to a July 30 news release.

The Data at the Point of Care program is part of the MyHealthEData Administration-wide initiative that is led by the White House Office of American Innovation.

By giving clinicians access to patients' claims data, CMS hopes to fill in any information gaps providers may have. The claims data will give providers more structured and complete patient histories with information such as diagnoses, past procedures and medication lists.

Clinicians who leverage the DPC program will be able to access patient data directly within their workflows, without needing to log into another application. CMS hopes to reduce the burdens providers may have in exam rooms and give providers more time with patients.

"Technology, coupled with open data sharing, is how we will improve value, control costs and keep patients healthy while ensuring a solvent Medicare program for generations to come," said Seema Verman, CMS administrator.

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