CMS Blue Button API Coding Error Potentially Exposes Health Data

Jessica Davis reports:

 – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken its Blue Button 2.0 API offline, as it investigates a coding error that potentially exposed the protected health information of about 10,000 beneficiaries.

The BB2.0 platform is used by Medicare beneficiaries to authorize third-party applications to access their Medicare claims data. The system verifies user credentials through a CMS identity management system, using a randomly generated, unique user ID generated by the system.

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