Monday, June 02, 2014

U.S. Releases New Health Care Data

By SHERI FINK, NYT
JUNE 2, 2014

Federal health officials on Monday announced the release of new data and digital tools to make health care costs and outcomes more transparent to the public. In particular, the government issued the first of annual updates to Medicare’s hospital billing data, showing how much hospitals charged for the 100 most common inpatient and 30 most common outpatient services in 2012. Previously only the 2011 data had been shared publicly. Now analysts can begin to define trends in health care charges.

“The release of these data sets furthers the administration’s efforts to increase transparency and support data-driven decision making which is essential for health care transformation,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said in a statement.

The announcement followed the large information release in April of the payments Medicare made to individual doctors and other health care providers. In recent weeks, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has also added or updated information on the prevalence of chronic medical conditions, including geographic differences in health care spending as well as disparities among populations with disabilities and between members of various racial and ethnic groups.

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