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Inconsistent Data Sets: The Use of Dictionaries for CMS Quality Data ETL

In the previous blog post, I explained the general ETL process for CMS quality data. Analysis of quality data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), just like all payer claims data, population health management data, and other data sources, requires the data to be extracted, transformed, and loaded. The majority of this...Read more

CMS Revises Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced changes to its “Meaningful Use” program, an initiative started in 2009 with the passage of the HITECH Act. This legislation originally aimed at increasing the adoption of electronic medical records (EHR) by providing nearly $36 billion worth of incentives to providers across the U.S. As...Read more

Purchasers and Employers are Joining the Trend: Aligning Provider and Consumer Incentives Pays Off

The Maine Health Management Coalition, a long-time, successful business coalition focused on healthcare cost and quality transparency, recently changed its name to the Healthcare Purchaser Alliance of Maine. The re-branded organization will provide a collective voice and buying power for purchasers to lower costs and drive better outcomes. Their transition reflects a growing trend in...Read more

Advancing Greater Awareness of Price Transparency Tools and Information: What Congress Can Do

The Senate’s Health Care Transparency Initiative recently asked stakeholders for feedback. As part of Freedman HealthCare’s response outlining recommendations to maximize the opportunity of APCDs, this post focuses on the most effective methods to connect consumers with this data. Current Approaches to Publicize Price and Quality Transparency Websites: Launch events Ongoing social media postings Press...Read more

Resources Are a Consistent Challenge APCDs Face: What Congress Can Do

The Senate’s recently asked stakeholders for feedback. This is the fourth in a brief series of posts sharing Freedman HealthCare’s recommendations to maximize the opportunity of APCDs and alleviate barriers to the broad sharing of actionable health care data. This post focuses on how Congress could support APCDs in securing necessary resources. FHC works closely...Read more