U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) have introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing the transparency of healthcare costs by providing greater access to Medicare claims data.

The Quality Data, Quality Healthcare Act would modernize and reform the Qualified Entity (QE) program created by Congress that allows organizations to access and analyze comprehensive Medicare data for select purposes. However, according to the senators, current law is “far too restrictive on which organizations can participate in the QE program, what QEs can do with the Medicare data once they have received it and the degree to which QEs can support their own data maintenance infrastructures.”

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