CLIP: Providers, trade groups remain concerned over API privacy (Modern Healthcare)

The Alliance of Community Health Plans and other health organizations are calling on HHS agencies to slow down a push to put health data in patients’ hands via third-party apps, citing privacy and implementation concerns. ACHP suggested CMS issue an interim final rule to clarify what data payers will be required to share with patients via APIs and how the mandate will be enforced. The trade group also requested at least 18 months from the final rule’s publication to prepare for compliance.

“For payers, significant resources will be necessary to collect data from numerous sources and conform them into a data set that could supply an API,” ACHP wrote, noting payers tend to have data spread across multiple payer platforms and provider systems. “Constructing these APIs is a non-trivial undertaking.”

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