Lawmakers Call for Access to Medicare Claims Data

A Senate bill would make Medicare claims and payment data available to the public in a searchable database that would be free to use.

2 comments on "Lawmakers Call for Access to Medicare Claims Data"
stefani daniels (6/21/2013 at 11:52 AM)

the history of over prescribing and excessive ordering is well known. Claim form information can be viewed as a surrogate measure of resource utilization and much better data than the 'pricing' data recently released. In the hospital setting, the volume of tests, consultants, procedures continues to escalate putting hospitals (which largely get paid a fixed rate) and patients at financial risk (depending upon their insurance). Excessive and non-contributory medical interventions are the last large pool of untapped expenses that can be reined in. The more exposure of physician practice behaviors, the better choices the public can make.
Mary Jo Tomlinson (6/20/2013 at 9:37 AM)

it's called a fee schedule, this information has been available for a long, long time. ...maybe we could try to FIX it..instead of finding ways to make this system more cumbersome..probably to late?


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