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CMS to Give Doctors Direct Access to Medicare Claims Data

Physicians will be able to access historical Medicare claims data for patients under a new pilot announced by CMS on Tuesday called “Data at the Point of Care” writes Healthcare Dive.

CMS will deploy test data to a limited number of providers that request access in August, and will start issuing production data in September and October. Once implemented, a physician would have access to Medicare claims data for patients, such as other healthcare providers seen, medications prescribed, procedures and diagnoses.

CMS predicted wide participation among providers based on surveys. If the pilot is successful, the agency will roll out the API to all Medicare fee-for-service providers.

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