CMS re­leases Medi­care Part B data on Web site

Modern Healthcare - - Late News -

The CMS re­leased data on the Medi­care Part B pro­gram un­der a White House push for greater trans­parency. In an early De­cem­ber memo to ex­ec­u­tive de­part­ments and agen­cies, the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion di­rected agen­cies to post on­line three sets of data that can be used to hold agen­cies ac­count­able or fur­ther their mis­sion, pro­mote the econ­omy or help the pub­lic un­der­stand agen­cies’ op­er­a­tions. The data were to be posted within 45 days of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Dec. 8, 2009, di­rec­tive. The Web site lists 85 data sets from the CMS, in­clud­ing raw Medi­care cost re­port data and per­for­mance and qual­ity com­par­isons for hos­pi­tals and health plans.

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