The Obama administration has announced the release of new, privacy-protected data on services and procedures that are provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals.
The new data also show payment and submitted charges per provider for those services and procedures.
Currently, consumers have limited information about how physicians and other healthcare professionals practice medicine, Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a news release. This data will help fill that gap by offering insight into the Medicare portion of a physicians practice.
The data released today afford researchers, policymakers and the public a new window into healthcare spending and physician practice patterns.
The new data set has information for more than 880,000 distinct healthcare providers who collectively received $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012 under the Medicare Part B fee-for-service program.
The data should allow a wide range of analyses that compare 6,000 different types of services and procedures provided, as well as payments received by individual healthcare providers, according to the administration.
The information also allows comparisons by physician, specialty, location, types of services and procedures, Medicare payment and submitted charges. Physicians and other healthcare professionals determine what they will charge for services and procedures provided to patients, and these charges are the amount the physician or healthcare professional generally bills for the service or procedure.
Data transparency is a key aspect of transformation of the healthcare delivery system, Marilyn Tavenner, RN, BSN, MHA, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said in the news release. While theres more work ahead, this data release will help beneficiaries and consumers better understand how care is delivered through the Medicare program.
View the data: http://go.cms.gov/OCmyoy