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The federal government wants to create a national directory that houses accurate, up-to-date information for all doctors and providers across the country — an ambitious attempt to rectify the plethora of error-riddled directories that are maintained by health insurance companies.

The pitch is straightforward: Instead of loading telephone numbers, addresses, and insurance information into dozens of different systems for different insurers, as doctors currently do, providers instead log into a “centralized data hub” and put in all of their information through there. That data then would be available to federal insurance programs and private insurers to craft their own directories.

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