Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and former Chairman and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) released a letter urging all stakeholders to submit to the committee ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of health care data, while maintaining and protecting patient privacy.
The letter welcomes input from all interested parties, including employers, and requests that comments be submitted by August 12. The letter explains that health care-related data is a growing but largely untapped resource for accelerating improvements in health care quality and value.
The letter specifically requests input on what data sources should be made more broadly available; how, in what form, and for what purposes should this data be conveyed; what reforms would help reduce the unnecessary fragmentation of health care data; and what barriers stand in the way of using existing data sources and what can be done to overcome these barriers.
Wyden and Grassley previously introduced the Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act (Medicare DATA Act) to make the Medicare claims database available.