The CMS proposed a rule that would allow access to patient-protected Medicare data for public reports on physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers. According to the agency, these reports would combine Medicare claims data with private-sector claims data to identify which physicians and hospitals provide the highest-quality, most cost-effective care to patients. The CMS would provide standardized extracts of Medicare claims data from Parts A, B and D for a fee to qualified entities that have the capacity to process the data accurately and safely.
Late News: CMS rule would allow access to Medicare data on providers
The data could then be used only to evaluate provider and supplier performance and generate public reports detailing those results. The rule also calls for these organizations to share their reports confidentially with providers and suppliers before they are released in an effort to prevent mistakes. Meanwhile, publicly released reports would include only aggregated information, which means individual patient and beneficiary information would not be shared or available. “Making more Medicare data available can make it easier for employers and consumers to make smart decisions about their healthcare,” CMS Administrator Dr. Donald Berwick said in a statement. The CMS will accept public comments for 60 days after the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register on June 8.
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