The Puget Sound Health Alliance has been granted access to Medicare information in an effort to promote public reporting on patient care in its area, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt announced.
The Seattle-based alliance, which last year was designated a Community Leader organization (Subscription required) by HHS as the prerequisite for access to Medicare data, said it will use the information to enhance its Community Checkup performance report on care provided in the Puget Sound region. The groups second checkup report is expected to be released later this year.
The alliance focuses on the four areas of Leavitts value-driven healthcare initiative: measuring and publishing both quality and cost information, rewarding providers for performance, and encouraging physicians to adopt interoperable health information technology. -- by Jean DerGurahian