Questions Remain On Incorporating UDIs Into Health Care System
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
As part of implementation of unique device identifier requirements, hospitals will need to capture the unique codes in electronic health records and claims forms, but the logistics of doing so are still being worked out.
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The acting head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has signaled his agency's plan to support the effort to get UDIs incorporated as a standard element of insurance claims by signing a letter jointly with the FDA commissioner. Previously, CMS had worried about the move due to the significant system upgrades that hospitals and payers will need to make to support UDIs in claims.
FDA has launched the beta version of AccessGUDID as the publicly available face of the Global Unique Device Identification Database. As of May 4, there are 48,093 device records in the searchable system.
Panelists at a recent conference argued the three Unique Device Identification issuing agencies and various automated data capture technologies are making adoption of the system by the health care provider community difficult.