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Performance data to patients.

CMS has begun laying the groundwork for the release of physician performance data to Medicare beneficiaries. The release will initially come through four regional collaboratives--Indiana. Health Information Exchange, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners, Minnesota Community Measurement, and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. The four have agreed to create patient-friendly reports that combine Medicare and private insurance data. CMS said it would bring on two more collaboratives in the near future. Data will also be given to physicians for quality improvement purposes, and will be extracted from AQA-approved quality measures, such as whether physicians measure hemoglobin [A.sub.1c] levels in diabetic patients twice a year. According to a statement by CMS, the data release is partly in response to President Bush's August 2006 Executive Order encouraging interoperable health information technology, transparency of pricing data and quality information, and use of incentives to promote high-quality, cost-effective care. The order also directed federal agencies to share health quality data with beneficiaries.
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Title Annotation:POLICY & PRACTICE
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 15, 2007
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