A new Medicare effort to expand the availability of its data sets—and allow organizations to sell analyzes of that data--also should increase the number of organizations authorized to use the information.

In recent years, CMS has made data sets available to “qualified entities” in its Medicare Data Sharing for Performance Measurement Program, covering home health, durable medical equipment and hospital/physician utilization and payment rates, as well as prescription drug prescribing and patient cost patterns, among other information. Thirteen organizations have applied and been approved to be a qualified entity.

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