Monday, July 24, 2006
CMS Announces Medicare's PHR Feasibility Pilot
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last Friday its six month long project to determine the feasibility of integrating Medicare claims information into a personal health record for Medicare beneficiaries. “'By using emerging technologies and tools, people with Medicare will be better able to manage their health care, resulting in improved quality in the care they receive and ensuring that care is provided more efficiently,'” said CMS Administrator Mark B. McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. 'The steps we are taking today will test whether Medicare’s current data will help to populate useful personal health records for Medicare beneficiaries.'” The work will be performed by ViPS and Capstone Government Solutions under CMS contracts, and the total cost of the project is $500,000.