A public Web site introduced this week by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a dashboard that will permit tracking of how much is spent on Medicare patients in hospitals for many treated illnesses and conditions. But, under a transparency push at the federal level, expect to see more CMS data being made available this year.
The new site is one of the Department of Health and Human Services' efforts in response to the White House's Open Government Directive, issued on Dec. 8, 2009, to open up and publish its data for public review and analysis.
The new interactive CMS "dashboard" made a debut in beta mode this week and is aimed at helping the public visualize and analyze Medicare spending. It includes a limited set of diagnosis related groups (DRGs) and hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS).
Each DRG has a payment weight assigned to it--based on the average resources used to treat Medicare patients in that DRG. The data in the beta version includes inpatient discharges from January 2006 to December 2009; future releases will refresh and update CMS program data.
CMS' multi faceted "new transparency push" will provide the additional release of data: