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CMS Launches Data at the Point of Care Pilot

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week launched the Data at the Point of Care (DPC) pilot program to further integrate Medicare beneficiaries’ claims data into care delivery.

This pilot program, part of the administration’s MyHealthEData initiative, uses an application programming interface (API) to aggregate claims data, including previous diagnoses, past procedures, and medication lists. Participating clinicians may request DPC data directly within their workflow without logging into a separate application.

This initiative builds on Blue Button 2.0, a claims API introduced last year for Medicare beneficiaries, by helping to connect clinicians to their patients’ information. CMS recently issued the Interoperability and Patient Access proposed rule, which would require health plans regulated by the rule to make patient data available through an API.

Clinicians interested in participating in the DPC pilot may sign up online. Beneficiaries who prefer to opt out of data sharing may call 1.800.MEDICARE.

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Emily Schweich is a senior communications associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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