Continuing its transparency initiative to make more Medicare data available to consumers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on June 2 issued its first annual update to Medicare hospital charge data.

The data availability, announced at the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington, enables comparing of the average amount that hospitals bill for inpatient or outpatient services, starting with charge data from 2012. The data includes charges for the 100 most common Medicare inpatient stays at more than 3,000 hospitals across the nation.

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