POSTED ON MONDAY, June 29, 2020 

Last week, CMS announced the creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics to reduce regulatory and administration burden and putting patients first.  CMS said this is an extension of the Patient’s over Paperwork (POP) initiative.

“The Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics will ensure the agency’s commitment to reduce administrative costs and enact meaningful and lasting change in our nation’s health care system,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Specifically, the work of this new office will be targeted to help reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies, continue administrative simplification, increase the use of health informatics, and improve the beneficiary experience.”

“Fostering innovation through interoperability will be an important priority, and the office will leverage technology and automation to create new tools that allow patients to own and carry their personal health data with them seamlessly, privately, and securely throughout the health care system,” CMS announced in a press release. “By providing clinicians with a complete medical history, they can deliver better coordinated, higher quality care. Coupled with implementation and enforcement of adopted national standards, this office will also work with the broader healthcare community to continue to make key administrative processes increasingly more efficient.”

Source: NAHC Report

 

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