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    Trump administration promotes patient ownership of health data


    Giving patients data ownership

    She said value-based care cannot work unless all the patient information is available to both patients and providers so they can make a mutual decision about care.

    The MyHealthEData initiative is intended to put patients in control of their data and making them the center of the healthcare system while maintain privacy. This will be accomplished, according to CMS, by breaking down barriers that prevent patients from having electronic access to their own health data and give them control through the device of their choice. Furthermore, when patients connect with their preferred physician, they can give them secure access to the data.

    “Data will drive innovation and improve treatment costs,” said Verma. “Once the information is freely flowing, value-based, patient-centric care will be better than anything we have today.”


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    CMS aims to have interoperability not just in EHRs, but “the entire digital health ecosystem.”

    Verma made a point of emphasis that data blocking or limiting patient records in anyway would not be tolerated. She also said that documentation and management codes used for Medicare patients would be updated and streamlined so doctors could spend less time with their EHRs and more time with patients

    She also called on private payers to give patients access to all their claims data electronically.

    “We are serious about putting patients first, giving them control of their records,” she said, a comment that the audience applauded, adding that the agency would also be reviewing quality measure to align them with putting patients first. 

    Todd Shryock
    Todd Shryock, contributing author


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      This concept has been put into motion to directly benefit the consumer. See PatientDirected.io website. Todd, this should really be part of the conversation
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      I like this idea. Lets give the patients back their personal responsibility for their bills and have them deal with the insurance companies they pay. Make the insurance companies answer to their customers and take us out of the middle. This will save us thousands of hours of waiting on persons who have denied coverage, and arguing with persons paying us 5 cents on the dollar. Let the patients pay us for their services and the insurance company can deny them compensation for services rendered. Great idea. Give people back their responsibility. Let us bill the customer, and eliminate an employee that spends all day every day fighting the system.

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