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Blue Shield of California Supports Federal Interoperability Rules That Help Bring U.S. Healthcare System into the Digital Age

Efforts would enhance care and reduce costs, better assist medical providers and help patients receive timely access to their health information

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 9, 2020) – Blue Shield of California President and CEO Paul Markovich has issued the following statement regarding new rules on data sharing issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

“The new federal rules issued today by CMS and ONC are a major milestone. The healthcare system in the U.S. needs to progress into the digital age so that care can be enhanced, costs can be reduced, medical providers can be more efficient and Americans can get timely access to their health information.

“We welcome the leadership that CMS Administrator Seema Verma, her team and the staff at ONC have displayed to develop these solutions. My team and I at Blue Shield of California are excited to work with federal officials and others in the industry to use these rules to create a healthcare system that is worthy of our family and friends and sustainably affordable.”

Health information exchanges help providers and patients get real-time quality health records in a secure system. Blue Shield of California is a participant in Manifest/MedEx.

About Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of California strives to create a healthcare system worthy of our family and friends that is sustainably affordable. Blue Shield of California is a tax paying, nonprofit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with over 4 million members, 6,800 employees and more than $20 billion in annual revenue. Founded in 1939 in San Francisco and now headquartered in Oakland, Blue Shield of California and its affiliates provide health, dental, vision, Medicaid and Medicare healthcare service plans in California. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have an impact on California communities.

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