CMS, FDA ad­vo­cate for de­vice iden­ti­fiers

Modern Healthcare - - LATE NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

The heads of the CMS and the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion want health in­sur­ance claims form tem­plates to in­clude unique de­vice iden­ti­fiers. Us­ing UDIs would im­prove post-mar­ket sur­veil­lance and pro­vide for bet­ter value-based re­im­burse­ment based on de­vice per­for­mance, they say.

Act­ing CMS Ad­min­is­tra­tor Andy Slavitt and FDA Com­mis­sioner Dr. Robert Califf last week wrote to the or­ga­ni­za­tion that cre­ates and im­ple­ments the claims form used by the in­sur­ance in­dus­try and asked that the next up­dated ver­sion of the form, set to be re­leased in 2021, con­tain UDIs.

Pro­po­nents of UDIs say they could al­low dan­ger­ous de­vices to be iden­ti­fied more quickly; in re­cent years, some de­vices have not been flagged un­til they hurt pa­tients. Those push­ing for UDIs in claims say they have the added ben­e­fit of in­form­ing pop­u­la­tion health by eval­u­at­ing associated out­come data.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers and dis­trib­u­tors are im­ple­ment­ing UDIs in their prod­ucts, and elec­tronic health records will soon al­low providers to record the codes, but in­sur­ance claims have been a hold­out. Some in the in­dus­try say the changes are costly be­cause the technology to sup­port them isn’t there.

The next ver­sion of the in­sur­ance claims forms is set to be re­leased for public com­ment in De­cem­ber. The next up­date won’t come for an­other decade.

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