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CMS Launches Data Element Library Supporting Interoperability

June
21

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL). The DEL is a new CMS database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Using this free, centralized resource, the public for the first time can view the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute care facilities (such as nursing homes and rehabilitation hospitals) to collect as part of the health assessment of their patients. These assessments include questions and response options (data elements) about patients, including demographics, medical problems and other types of health evaluations.

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CMS seeks public input on reducing the regulatory burdens of the Stark Law

June
20

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking recommendations and input from the public on how to address any undue impact and burden of the physician self-referral law (also known as the “Stark Law”), focusing in part on how the law may impede care coordination, a key aspect of systems that deliver value.

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CMS Announces Agency’s First Blue Button 2.0 Developer Conference

June
20

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it is hosting the first-ever Blue Button® 2.0 Developer Conference. This event is being held in Washington, D.C. at the General Services Administration national headquarters on Monday, August 13, 2018. The Blue Button® 2.0 Developer Conference will provide a networking opportunity that brings together developers to learn, build software, and share insights on how Medicare claims data can be leveraged to improve health outcomes.

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CMS Statement: Administrator Verma Applauds Greater Access to Health Coverage under New Rule

June
19

“The Trump Administration took important steps today to help small business employees and their families, who were left out of Obamacare, gain access to higher quality, more affordable health coverage.  The number of small businesses that offer health coverage has been declining for years and Obamacare did nothing to reverse this trend. The rule released today levels the playing field between small and large employers by providing new opportunities for small employers to band together to gain the same health insurance options as large employers.

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CMS leverages Medicaid Program to combat the Opioid crisis

June
11

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services CMS released guidance aimed at building on our commitment to partner with states to ensure that they have flexibilities and the tools necessary to combat the opioid crisis.  This new guidance provides information to states on the tools available to them, describes the types of approaches they can use to combat this crisis, ensures states know what resources are available, and articulates promising practices for addressing the needs of beneficiaries facing opioid addiction.

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