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Comment & Response
November 21, 2017

Medical Device Identification in Claims Data—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2017;318(19):1937. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.15161

In Reply Mr Moscovitch and Dr Rising describe ongoing efforts to update the claims form to include a new section for a unique device identifier. Doing so would potentially allow devices to be systematically tracked so that their safety, effectiveness, and value could be assessed.

Although attempts to change the claims form to accommodate device tracking information should continue, the efforts have been slow to mature. Even if the new form is approved—a monumental task requiring broad stakeholder and bipartisan support—health care systems will have a learning curve on accurately inputting the data into the claims forms. Moreover, researchers and regulators will also have a new learning curve on how these unique device identifiers can be appropriately extracted and studied.