Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking public input on the concept of CMS creating a directory with information on healthcare providers and services or a “National Directory of Healthcare Providers and Services” (NDH). Healthcare directories can serve as an important resource for patients, helping them locate providers who meet their individual needs and preferences and allowing them to compare health plan networks. Directories also have the ability to facilitate care coordination, health information exchange, and public health data reporting. CMS is specifically requesting public feedback on the NDH concept and potential benefit; provider types, entities, and data elements that could be included; the technical framework for an NDH; priorities for possible phased implementation; and prerequisites and actions CMS should consider to address potential challenges and risks. Rural stakeholders may consider commenting to ensure CMS receives input on considerations for rural providers and patients.
Respond by December 6.