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February 12, 2014

GAO: DHHS Needs to Improve Its Oversight of Clinical Data Registries

JAMA. 2014;311(6):564. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.537

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can do better in ensuring that “qualified” clinical data registries are run efficiently, reported the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 instructed the DHHS to designate qualified clinical data registries—entities that work with physicians to collect clinical information about the treatment of Medicare patients—and use them to improve the quality and efficiency of care. Studies have shown some long-established clinical data registries have demonstrated the utility of their data sets for analyzing trends in outcomes and treatments.

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