APMA submitted comments to CMS on December 6 in response to its Request for Information; National Directory of Healthcare Providers & Services. APMA expressed general support for the plan to create a centralized hub of up-to-date providers’ contact information and insurance participation, so long as providers are not subjected to additional burdens and costs. APMA has long heard from its members how burdensome updating these directories payer by payer is, as well as how frequently inaccurate the directories remain. It creates extra costs and inefficiencies for both patients and providers and having a single centralized directory to report to only once would reduce burden for providers.
APMA also recommended strongly that CMS limit the focus of just creating a working provider directory in its RFI, as CMS also sought feedback for how this centralized database would also resolve data exchange interoperability concerns, which is a much larger issue.
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