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Rule would allow access to Medicare data for reports on providers
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has proposed a new rule (PDF) that would allow organizations that meet certain qualifications access to patient-protected Medicare data to produce 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. In this initiative, 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.