USA – Lawmakers Reiterate Call to Integrate UDIs With Insurance Claim Forms

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and three representatives to support the integration of the device identifier portion of unique device identifiers (UDIs) with electronic health insurance claims forms.

The integration is necessary as currently, when a device fails or is recalled, it can be difficult to identify which patients are affected. And whereas FDA can monitor drugs and vaccines on the market, the agency is limited in its efforts to monitor medical devices because UDIs are not tracked on claims forms.

Grassley and Warren have been trying to establish this type of UDI-claim form integration since at least 2016 (they also sent a similar letter last year). The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General also previously called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to work with the Accredited Standards Committee X12 to incorporate UDIs for implantable devices into insurance claims forms…