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CMS Launches Data Element Library Supporting Interoperability

Posted on Friday, June 22, 2018 7:19 PM

This week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the agency’s first Data Element Library (DEL).  Using this free service, the public can view the types of information CMS requires on post-acute care facilities to collect as part of their health assessment of patients.  These assessments include questions and response options about patients including demographics, medical problems and other types of health evaluations. 

Many of these data elements are standardized, meaning that they are the same no matter which kind of post-acute facility is using them.  Health care facilities integrate all this patient information into their medical record systems, and this information is used for multiple purposes, such as payment by CMS, quality measurement and quality improvement. It is important to note that the DEL doesn’t contain any patient-identifiable data whatsoever.

“We’re excited to add this important building block to the foundation for interoperability that CMS is helping to establish,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The DEL supports the use and sharing of data, and aligns with MyHealthEData, a governmentwide effort strengthening the interoperability of health information. It also closely aligns with CMS’ Patients over Paperwork initiative focused on reducing administrative burden and costs while improving care coordination, outcomes and patients’ ability to make decisions about their own care.” 

Click here to view the full press release.

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