Now You See It Now You Don’t
By Frank Cohen | October 22, 2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released over four million payment records that reveal to the public payments made mostly to physicians and hospitals. What does this data release mean for practices and does it actually help healthcare consumers?
Frank Cohen, Director of Analytics and Business Intelligence for DoctorsManagement, provides powerful insights in his article recently published in RACmonitor…
Now You See It, Now You Don’t
In its continued effort to force transparency on everyone but itself, the government, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has released another data dump that is supposed to shed light on the financial relationships between vendors and healthcare providers.
In reality, what it does shed is just more noise and confusion on an already noisy and confusing issue. In fact, this release makes the April 9 dump of procedures and services reported by provider, which in and of itself was a mess, look like a perfectly thought-out work of excellence. And since this is designed to “help” the average consumer figure out something of value about their healthcare provider, the release of these data makes absolutely no sense to me.
So, what do we have here, besides more sleight-of-hand by CMS?