CMS has conducted a full review of Blue Button 2.0, corrected the faulty code, implemented additional protections, and is resuming normal operations of the system. You can find more information on the technical issue that was addressed on the Blue Button 2.0 API Update blog post.
CMS is mailing letters to all affected beneficiaries in the coming weeks. Beneficiaries who have questions can contact 1-800-MEDICARE at any time.
Blue Button 2.0 from CMS is an API that contains four years of Medicare Part A, B and D data for 53 million Medicare beneficiaries.
This data reveals a variety of information about a beneficiary’s health, including type of Medicare coverage, drug prescriptions, primary care treatment and cost. Beneficiaries also have full control over how their data can be used and by whom, with identity and authorization controlled by MyMedicare.gov.
You can get started on building your integration with the Blue Button API by following these steps:
- Read the Developer Docs
- Join the Developer Sandbox
- Register Your Application
- Request Production API Access
- Ask a Question
Value and Use Cases
Developers integrate with the Blue Button API adding value for beneficiaries, providers, care organizations, researchers and many more across Healthcare and Life Sciences to:
Reduce patient burden
A research organization can pre-populate a medication lists for a patient during clinical trial enrollment.
Streamline information about different kinds of care over time
A primary care physician can access information on other patient care (e.g. related to behavioral health) to better inform treatment.
Uncover new insights that can improve health outcomes
A pharmacy can determine if a beneficiary gets healthier over time due to medication adherence.
Access and monitor health information in one place
A health application can aggregate data into a health dashboard for beneficiaries.
The Blue Button 2.0 Google Group is where developers can ask questions, find answers, leave feedback and share experiences using the API. Visit the Blue Button Google Group.Back to top