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MGMA to CMS: Improve patient record matching

12/13/2019 2:29 PM | Rebekah Francis (Administrator)

MGMA joined with 46 leading healthcare organizations urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to support efforts to more accurately match patient records. Currently, Congress prohibits CMS from working on establishing a national patient identifier. Physician practices and others often experience challenges ensuring that patients are correctly matched with their health records. Incorrectly matched records can lead to patient safety issues and additional administrative burdens. We request that Administrator Verma support lifting the prohibition on CMS providing technical assistance to private-sector led initiatives to more accurately identify patients and match them to their health information.


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