Government Health IT, August 11, 2011

The American Medical Association and 81 physician organizations submitted comments this week on the proposed rule on Medicare data for performance measurement, requesting that CMS ensure physicians have the opportunity to review their data for accuracy and to appeal any errors before information is made public. The organizations applauded the inclusion of safeguards that protect patients and physicians in the rule, but urged CMS to standardize the process for developing the public reports and the type of information they will include, not only across the Medicare system but for private insurance data as well. "The release of accurate data provides an opportunity to inform patients and physicians and to advance the quality of care in the Medicare program," said AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD. "CMS has included critical safeguards in this proposed rule, but further action is needed to ensure the information is reliable and the process is equitable."

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