HIMSS19: CMS innovation center could jumpstart interoperability models

Dive Brief:

  • CMS may move to push early adoption of infrastructure​ promoting transparency and stymieing data blocking, Adam Boehler, the head of the agency's payment model testing and innovation center, hinted Wednesday.

  • Speaking at HIMSS19, the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation said the center's models could "drive [transparency initiatives] sooner" than the private industry, due to its ability to create, test and fine-tune advanced models.

  • Boehler, who also serves as HHS deputy administrator and HHS Secretary Alex Azar's value-based care adviser, said the industry could expect such proposals as soon as the next few months, but that any such models could be staggered across participants, types and time.

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