Medicare Agency Comes On Board With Adding UDIs To Claims Forms
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.
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