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CMS chief aims to make doctors' offices fax machine-free by 2020

CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the agency is working with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to achieve a health ecosystem that would allow information to flow freely among patients, payers and providers, noting that one of her primary missions as CMS head is to eliminate barriers to interoperability. Verma aims to make doctors' offices a fax machine-free zone by 2020, and CMS is looking for more Blue Button 2.0 app developers to create consumer-friendly applications that would let Medicare recipients link their claims data to their preferred applications, services and research programs.

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