The CMS has chosen the first three participants in its Medicare data sharing for performance measurement program, which focuses on increasing consumer access to healthcare quality and cost information.
The three groups are the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, according to a CMS news release.
The data sharing program, established under the healthcare reform law, provides Medicare claims data to HHS-certified groups that can then use it to help create reports on provider performance. The certification process ensures that the groups can protect patient privacy and prevent data breaches.
Information that can be used to identify specific patients will not be publicly released, and the program sets penalties for data misuse, the CMS stated in the release.