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CMS Administrator Seema Verma Announces Two New Initiatives, MyHealthEData and Blue Button 2.0, Impacting Medicare Beneficiaries

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced a new initiative, MyHealthEData, intended to improve patients’ access to their electronic health records by combating data blocking, but did not include any details on implementation. The initiative is led by the White House Office of American Innovation with participation from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CMS, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and National Institutes of Health (NIH), as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Additionally, Administrator Verma announced the launch of Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0, a new and secure way for Medicare beneficiaries to access and share their personal health data in a universal digital format. Medicare’s Blue Button 2.0 will allow patients to access and share their healthcare information, previous prescriptions, treatments, and procedures. This program is aimed to reduce the duplication of health services.

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