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Senators Introduce Bill to Provide the Public Free Access to Medicare Claims Data

Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced the Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act (Medicare DATA Act, S. 1180) on June 18, 2013.  The law... Read More >

CMS Releases Charge Data for Common Inpatient Services and Specific Outpatient Procedures for Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in May the average charges for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient procedures, demonstrating the wide variation in hospital charges... Read More >

Federal Judge Lifts 33-Year Ban on CMS Disclosure of Physician Reimbursement Data

A long-standing Federal court injunction that prohibited CMS from releasing physician reimbursement data has been dismissed.  On May 31, 2013, a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle... Read More >

HHS Releases Voluntary Guidelines for Health Information Exchange

The Department of Health and Human Services has released its "Governance Framework for Trusted Electronic Health Information Exchange."  The purpose of the framework is to provide a common... Read More >

HHS Releases Enhanced Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health released enhanced standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health care settings. ... Read More >

CMS Launches Official Website for the National Physician Payment Transparency Program

On April 11, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the official website for the National Physician Payment Transparency Program, called Open Payments.  The program was... Read More >

HHS Releases Request for Information on "Advancing Interoperability and Health Information Exchange"

HHS released today an RFI soliciting public input on policies to further advance standards-based health information exchange to support delivery system transformation.  The RFI also sets out new... Read More >

GAO Releases Report on Efforts to Improve Data Sharing While Protecting Privacy

The U.S. GAO's report examines the limitations of data sharing by state and federal officials based on inconsistencies in federal law, lack of standardized data, and concerns over violating federal... Read More >

Data Sharing and Partnership Group Created for CMS' Center for Program Integrity

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have developed a new group aimed at enhancing data sharing and developing information transparency measures for programs with extensive external... Read More >

Commonwealth Fund Report: Using health information on health care quality, enhancing health information technology, and reforming payment and delivery systems key to stabilizing health care costs and improving performance of the health care system

The Commonwealth Fund's Commission on a High Performance Health System has provided several recommendations for stabilizing the increasing cost of health care while enhancing the quality of care... Read More >