CMS proposes making hospital performance data public

Accreditation Connection, June 10, 2011

A new proposed rule would allow Medicare and private sector claims data to be used to produce public reports that evaluate the performance of physicians, other healthcare providers, and suppliers. Organizations seeking such Medicare information would have to undergo an application process and be continually monitored by CMS.

To prevent mistakes, the proposed rule requires that any reports generated from the Medicare data be shared confidentially with providers and suppliers before being released to the public. Publicly released reports would contain aggregated information only, meaning that no individual patient/beneficiary data.

“Performance reports that include Medicare data will result in higher quality and more cost effective care,” CMS administrator Donald M. Berwick, MD, said in a statement.

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The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on June 8, and the CMS will accept public comments for 60 days.

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