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Niall Brennan to Lead CMS’ Data and Analytics Office; Andy Slavitt Comments

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CMSNiall Brennan, chief data officer of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will lead the agency’s newly formed office of enterprise data and analytics.

OEDA will help CMS work on its data collection and distribution processes, as well as develop guidelines intended to provide relevant information for public access, healthcare decision makers and other stakeholders, CMS said Wednesday.

“This appointment signals to the industry that there is no turning back from the healthcare data agenda. Niall Brennan will help make sure CMS leads the way,” said Andy Slavitt, CMS principal deputy administrator.

CMS recently began to handle EHR incentive programs, quality measurement initiatives and health insurance marketplaces.

CMS said it also seeks to achieve transparency in its data collection efforts.

“Our commitment to transparency is matched by our commitment to keeping personal information safeguarded,” said Slavitt.

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