New rule could jeopardize research and oversight into federal healthcare programs

Academics are sounding the alarm that new rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could threaten important research oversight of the program.

CMS announced earlier this month that “growing data security concerns” prompted the agency to begin limiting Medicare and Medicaid patient data for private-sector researchers in universities and think tanks.

Starting in August, researchers looking to access patient data will see steep increases in prices to access data from the federal health systems, on top of a new project startup fee of $20,000 and an annual $10,000 fee for the project to continue.

“Research access and productivity do not need to be sacrificed in the name of data security,” University of Pennsylvania professor of medicine Rachel Werner wrote
Read more…

Please follow and like us: