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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.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Author:Anderson, Jane
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 15, 2007
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