CMS releases quality information to consumer groups

Accreditation Connection, December 8, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), under the Affordable Care Act, announced the final rule for more transparency on quality data.

The rule gives qualified organizations, like employers and consumer groups, access to data that can help them identify high quality healthcare providers or create online tools to help consumers make educated health care choices. Information that could identify specific patients, however, will not be publicly released and strong penalties will be in place for any misuse of data.

Data will be based on Medicare claims. This final rule creates a framework for providers to receive a single, actionable performance report covering all or most of their practice, rather than receiving Medicare data in piecemeal, as before.

The rule also gives healthcare providers more time with the reports to review and appeal data before they become public. For more information, click here.

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