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Mark Brager
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mbrager@advamed.org
February 2, 2017

AdvaMed Statement on UDI on Claims Forms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Don May, executive vice president, payment & health care delivery policy, for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), issued the following statement on X-12’s recommendation to include the device identifier portion of the unique device identifier (UDI) on institutional and professional health care claims:

“AdvaMed continues to oppose the addition of UDI information to the claims forms. The medical technology industry has long supported the development of a UDI to facilitate more accurate reporting, review and analysis of post-market data for medical devices. We support efforts to incorporate UDI information in EHRs and believe that reducing existing obstacles to the adequate identification of medical devices is a laudable goal. However, we are concerned that a complex dataset that combines UDIs and hospital and physician claims information would be difficult to analyze appropriately and could generate inaccurate and misleading conclusions about the performance and value of specific technologies. This could lead patients and physicians to make ill-informed decisions about the continued use of an important medical device. Further, implementing this requirement represents an unnecessary new regulatory burden on providers. We will be submitting comments to X12 and working with other stakeholders, including CMS and HHS, to share our concerns.”

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