US Senators Press Agency Witnesses On Adding UDIs To Claims Forms
Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Elizabeth Warren pressed US CMS and HHS officials at a recent hearing on making certain a line is added to Medicare claims forms for unique device identifiers, both to reduce Medicare costs and improve patient safety.
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