On June 23, 2020, the Physician Clinical Registry Coalition (“PCRC”) submitted a letter to Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) offering recommendations for legislative reform to include in the Cures 2.0 package.  In response to the published Cures 2.0 concept paper, PCRC requested that Cures 2.0 include language guaranteeing clinician-led clinical data registries access to Medicare claims data for quality improvement, patient safety, and research purposes.  PCRC also urged that Medicare claims data be readily available to clinician-led clinical data registries through the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources-based application programming interface and that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) be required to collect Unique Device Identifiers and share that information with clinician-led clinical data registries.  Such reforms would allow clinician-led clinical data registries to link their outcomes data with CMS claims data in a way that would assist in the development of effective alternative payment models and provide a greater understanding of the real-world impact of new medical technologies and therapies across numerous patient populations.  PCRC looks forward to working with Representatives DeGette and Upton to ensure that clinician-led clinical data registries have a meaningful way to gain continuous access to Medicare claims data.

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