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CMS Expands South Carolina PHR Pilot

September 23, 2008
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS, Baltimore) has expanded South Carolina Personal Health Record pilot (MyPHRSC) to include TRICARE health data.

An agreement between CMS and the Washington-based Department of Defense (DoD) will enable beneficiaries who have original Medicare and also receive TRICARE benefits to be offered the option of adding TRICARE health data to their MyPHRSC personal health records (PHRs). Until now, this data has only been available to the beneficiary through the DoD Medical Information Technology systems, according to the organizations.

The PHR tool selected for the MyPHRSC was created by HealthTrio, which currently offers personal records to thousands of individuals through employer contracts. The Medicare data is provided through Palmetto GBA, a Medicare contractor serving the region that includes South Carolina. The pilot is being managed by QSSI, a company that specializes in information technology solution development and headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md.

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