ONC, CMS to Take Part in Provider Data Accuracy Alliance

Kate Monica | EHR Intelligence | June 15, 2017

A multi-stakeholder alliance convened by CAQH will meet to discuss and develop a roadmap for improving provider data accuracy throughout the summer of 2017. Accurate provider information improves the efficiency of various fundamental processes in healthcare ranging from paying claims to procuring provider directories. The Provider Data Action Alliance comprises representatives from provider organizations, health information exchanges (HIEs), federal agencies, and health systems.

The group has attracted the likes of ONC, CMS, and Surescripts in particular. According to CAQH, investments in provider data aggregation and management in the healthcare industry total over $2 billion a year. However, inaccurate information is still common. A CMS report released in 2017 determined that 45.1 percent of practice locations listed in online provider directories were incorrect.

The Provider Data Action Alliance seeks to mitigate these data errors in an effort to reduce administrative costs and patient frustrations. The alliance came to fruition during the 2016 Provider Data Summit hosted by CAQH when over 100 industry leaders met to address problems with provider data aggregation and management. Participants of the conference agreed on priorities for improving provider data accuracy and decided more industry collaboration was necessary to effectively overcoming certain challenges...