CMS must ensure that third parties use Medicare data more securely, GAO report cautions

FedScoop: When third parties, like researchers or select private entities, collaborate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to access Medicare beneficiary data, they do so under certain security requirements. But according to a recent report by the Government Accountability Office, CMS needs to do a better job making sure these requirements are being followed correctly.

The report states that while CMS provides guidance and oversight of security practices for some types of data users (namely Medicare Administrative Contractors, or MACs), it is not so thorough with others.

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