CMS Names 3 Organizations in Data Sharing Initiative

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the first three participants in a data sharing program to improve healthcare providers' transparency to consumers.

The Medicare Data Sharing for Performance Measurement program, created under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is designed to help HHS-certified groups develop useful public reports on the performance of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers. These groups will have access to Medicare claims data and private insurance data to create comprehensive reports on performance.

To receive certain Medicare claims data, organizations selected for the program must demonstrate that they can manage and process consumer-focused data and can prevent breaches of protected health information, according to the release. In addition, the organizations must show they are working with private payors to create comprehensive reports on performance.

The first three organizations that will participate in the program include the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, the Kansas City Quality Improvement Consortium (serving the Greater Kansas City area in Missouri and Kansas) and the Oregon Health Care Quality Corp.

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