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CMS Administrator Seema Verma lays out plan for 'digital data revolution'

February 13, 2019 / Susan Morse

A year ago during HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma said she wanted to end the use of fax machines for healthcare transactions. On Tuesday at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Verma gave more details on how CMS is moving providers, and also payers, to patient-centered initiatives from a new mandate from the Office of the National Coordinator for consumers to have immediate, electronic access to their health record, including through their smartphones. Verma also called upon insurers to share claims data. CMS is proposing that all health plans doing business in Medicare, Medicaid, and through the federal exchanges share health claims data and other information electronically with their patients.