CMS Unleashes Bigger Trove of Claims Data to Help Hospitals Improve Care Quality

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is making more claims data and analyses available to help care providers, employers and others boost the quality of care across the country.

The goal is to help organizations and individuals make better informed decisions about care delivery and quality improvement.

The new rules required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, allow organizations approved as qualified entities to confidentially share or sell analyses of Medicare and private sector claims data to providers, employers, and other groups that can use the data to support improved care.

“Medicare data will make it easier for stakeholders throughout the healthcare system to make smarter and more informed healthcare decisions,” CMS Chief Data Officer Niall Brennan said in a statement.

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