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This week, an under-the-radar U.S. government advisory group called the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) can vastly improve medical device safety.

The NCVHS, which was founded in 1949, is responsible for developing recommendations and common standards for organizing information and data across the U.S. health care system. This charge includes oversight of the claims forms that facilitate all billing and insurance-related activities. Policymakers and others use claims data to track the flow of medical products and services, spending, quality, and outcomes.

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