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House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Hearing

July 23, 2014
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Documenting UDI in claims can also bolster other efforts to utilize data to better understand device performance. For example, incorporating UDI in claims will also provide payers--including CMS--with the necessary data unavailable elsewhere to evaluate outcomes for patients with devices. n10 As Medicare and Medicaid pay billions annually for health services involving devices, they should know what products they are purchasing and have the information necessary to make better coverage and reimbursement decisions.

Adding a UDI field to claims has garnered support across the health system--including from hospitals, health plans, physicians, patients, and consumers. Aetna, Mercy, Geisinger Health System, the American College of Cardiology, theSociety of Thoracic Surgeons, Premier, Trust for America's Health, AARP, and many other organizations have expressed their support for documenting UDI in claims. n11 Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell also articulated some of these benefits during the Senate confirmation process 

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