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CMS Releases Medicare Hospital Payment Data, New Online Tools

On Monday, CMS released Medicare hospital pricing data for 2012 in an effort to increase transparency, lower costs and improve the quality of care, The Hill reports (Al-Faruque, The Hill, 6/2).

The information, which was revealed at the annual Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, D.C., is the agency’s first annual update to Medicare hospital charge data, which compare the average amount a hospital charges for services provided with a similar inpatient stay or outpatient visit (HHS release, 6/2).