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New CMS dashboard the start of more health costs, quality transparency

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, April 14, 2010

A public Web site introduced last week by CMS has a dashboard that will permit tracking of how much is spent on Medicare patients in hospitals for many treated illnesses and conditions.

But, under a transparency push at the federal level, expect to see more CMS data being made available this year.

The new site is one of the Department of Health and Human Services' efforts in response to the White House's Open Government Directive, issued on December 8, 2009, to open up and publish its data for public review and analysis.

The new interactive CMS "dashboard" made a debut in beta mode this week and is aimed at helping the public visualize and analyze Medicare spending. It includes a limited set of diagnosis related groups and hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System.

Read the full story on HealthLeaders Media by Janice Simmons.

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