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CARIN / CMS Connectathon December 9-10, Baltimore, MD

CARIN and CMS will host a two-day Connectathon focusing on advancing the CARIN Blue Button® 2.0 work using FHIR R4, CARIN Real-time Pharmacy Benefit Check project, CMS Blue Button 2.0, CMS Beneficiary Claims Data API, and CMS Data at the Point of Care work.

Location: New Wave located at 3200 Lord Baltimore Drive Windsor Mill, MD 21244.

The Connectathon will begin on December 9th and run from 9:00am – 6:00pm ET and on December 10th from 9:00am ET – 11:00 am ET.

Connectathon information and tracks can be found here.

The CARIN Community meeting will begin on December 10th and run from 12:00pm – 3pm ET. Please reach out to Mark Roberts ( for additional details on the logistics for these meetings.

Please sign up for the Connectathon by December 6th here:

Space is limited so if you do not sign up you may not be able to participate. If we run out of space, we will limit participation to those who have signed-up. Please elect one of the tracks listed in the sign-up sheet and note what entity type you will be participating as.

July 30, 2019 Washington, D.C.

The CARIN Alliance is excited to announce the private sector released the CARIN Blue Button® data model and draft implementation guide as part of the White House Blue Button® 2.0 Developers Conference. The CARIN Blue Button® draft implementation guide includes more than 240 claim data elements that have been agreed on by multiple regional and national health plans. These data elements are included in what we are calling the common payer consumer data set or CPCDS. We have taken these data elements and mapped them to HL7® FHIR® resources to better assist health plans implement the CMS Interoperability and Patient Access proposed rule. Read the full announcement here.


The CARIN Alliance

The CARIN Alliance is a non-partisan, multi-sector alliance co-founded by David Blumenthal, David Brailer, Aneesh Chopra, and Mike Leavitt. The Alliance is led by distinguished risk-bearing providers, payers, consumers, pharmaceutical companies, consumer platform companies, health IT companies, and consumer-advocates who are working collaboratively with other stakeholders in government to overcome barriers in advancing consumer-directed exchange across the U.S.

Our Vision

Our vision is to rapidly advance the ability for consumers and their authorized caregivers to easily get, use, and share their digital health information when, where, and how they want to achieve their goals. Specifically, we are promoting the ability for consumers and their authorized caregivers to gain digital access to their health information via non-proprietary application programming interfaces or APIs. We envision a future where any consumer can choose any application to retrieve both their complete health record and their complete coverage information from any provider or plan in the country.

What is Consumer-Directed Exchange?

Consumer-directed exchange occurs when a consumer or an authorized caregiver invokes their HIPAA Individual Right of Access (45 CFR § 164.524) and requests their digital health information from a HIPAA covered entity (CE) via an application or other third-party data steward.


Health Plan

Workgroup Mission


  • Objective:
  • Develop a consumer payer data set (similar to Blue

Our Team

Ryan Howells

Principal at Leavitt Partners


David Lee

Director at Leavitt Partners


Mark Roberts

Associate at Leavitt Partners


To learn more about CARIN, or explore opportunities to participate in our activities, please contact us.

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  • Button® 2.0) and corresponding implementation guide for the set of resources that payers can display to consumers via a FHIR API
  • Charter: CARIN Blue Button® and Health plan project charter
  • Work in Development: 
The workgroup has set a goal to have the first draft of the CARIN Consumer Payer Data Set available for public release and input in December 2018.


David Brailer

Managing Partner & CEO Health Evolution Partners, a healthcare investment firm that supports rapidly growing and innovative companies in the health care industry.

Former National Coordinator for Health IT: 2004-2008

Aneesh Chopra

President of NavHealth, a member-driven company that harnesses open health data to provide insights and workflow for population health organizations.

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer at the White House: 2009-2012

Mike Leavitt

Founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners where he helps clients navigate the future as they transition to new and better models of care.

Former Secretary of Health and Human Services: 2005-2009
Former Governor of Utah: 1993-2003

David Blumenthal

President of The Commonwealth Fund, a national philanthropy engaged in independent research on health and social policy issues.

Former National Coordinator for Health IT: 2009-2011

Consumer-facing Real-time Pharmacy Benefit Check Project

Join the CARIN Alliance

To learn more about CARIN, or explore opportunities to participate in our activities, please contact us or visit our website.

Key Contacts

Board Members and Participants

Project Contacts






Ryan HowellsPrincipalLeavitt Partners

Program Manager
Dave LeeDirectorLeavitt Partners

Policy, Real-time Pharmacy Benefit Check, Trust Framework projects
Mark RobertsAssociateLeavitt Partners

Contracting, Membership, Mailing Lists, Meeting Invites, Quarterly Meetings, Health Plan and Policy projects
Lauren WardSenior AssociateLeavitt Partners

Digital Identity and Trust Framework projects
Pooja BabbrahSenior ConsultantPoint of Care Partners

Lead for the CARIN Consumer-facing real-time pharmacy benefit check implementation guide
Amol Vyas
Chief ArchitectCambia Health Solutions

Lead for the CARIN Blue Button implementation guide