The CMS has kept its prom­ise to re­lease Medi­care Ad­van­tage data

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to re­searchers look­ing to an­a­lyze care trends for se­niors. It’s the first time the agency has done so. The CMS has been col­lect­ing data on pa­tient con­di­tions and the ser­vices they re­ceive since 2012, us­ing it to help cal­cu­late pay­ments for Medi­care Ad­van­tage in­sur­ers. The agency has now re­leased pre­lim­i­nary Medi­care Ad­van­tage en­counter data from 2015. More data are ex­pected to come in from in­sur­ers through Au­gust, and fi­nal data re­ports will fol­low, CMS Ad­min­is­tra­tor Seema Verma said. The agency will re­lease data an­nu­ally go­ing for­ward, she said. The CMS had ex­pected to make the data avail­able last year, but ac­cu­racy con­cerns post­poned the re­lease. Next year, the CMS also ex­pects to make Med­i­caid and Chil­dren’s Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram data avail­able. This means re­searchers will have ac­cess to data on an­other 70 mil­lion pa­tients. Pol­icy in­sid­ers have pushed the CMS to re­lease Medi­care Ad­van­tage data, not­ing there has been lit­tle pub­lic in­for­ma­tion on the value Medi­care Ad­van­tage pro­vides to its ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

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