CMS tests personal health records.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has launched a pilot
program to enable certain beneficiaries to access and use a personal
health record provided through participating health plans and accessible
through www.mymedicare.gov. The tools, provided by Medicare Advantage
and Part D drug plans that already offer such tools to their
commercially insured members, will allow beneficiaries to look up
information about their own medications and medical conditions in order
to better manage their own health care, according to the CMS.
Beneficiaries also will be in charge of their own personal health record
and will control who is able to see its contents, including the
beneficiaries' physicians and other health care providers,
according to the agency. The program, which includes four health plans,
is expected to run for 18 months.