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Medicare Cost, Quality Data Tools Weak, Says GAO
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Federal disclosure of quality and cost information that’s necessary to help patients make informed choices about their healthcare is fraught with “critical weaknesses” that limit their use, in part because what is publicly available is heavily influenced by providers, not consumers.

That was one of many criticisms the Government Accountability Office made in its report of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services lack of transparency in cost and quality data on its websites, hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis centers, physicians, home health agencies, and provider charges.