The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday released final rules covering increased access to analyses and data that will help providers, employers and others make more informed decisions about care delivery and quality improvement.

The new rules, required as a provision of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), are meant to augment the Qualified Entity Program, authorized by the Affordable Care Act, which lets qualified entities 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.

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