by Cathryn Donaldson
February 11, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), issued this statement following the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement on Interoperability and Patient Access, and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology announcement on Interoperability, Information Blocking, and the ONC Health IT Certification Program:
“Americans deserve access to affordable coverage and care that deliver real value to them. That’s why health insurance providers are committed to establishing new, innovative ways to integrate and share data with consumers and providers. This improves care coordination, which leads to better outcomes and higher patient satisfaction. Today, insurance providers deliver personalized tools to share actionable health information where and when consumers need it, from patient portals to mobile apps and telehealth services.
“AHIP and our members support seamless access to health information by providers and patients to make better choices about care and treatment. At the same time, it is essential that we also protect the privacy and security of patient health information. As we review the proposed rules, we will focus on ensuring it further protects patients, minimizes administrative burdens, and establishes clear data standards and operational protocols to put meaningful information into the hands of patients, providers, and insurance providers.
“We look forward to submitting our recommendations to ONC and CMS during the comment period and continuing to work closely with Administrator Verma and Dr. Rucker on facilitating health care data interoperability. We will work hard to ensure that implementation enhances care coordination, safety, efficiency and value in a way that protects patient privacy.”