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CMS Releases Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool that includes interactive maps and a dataset that shows national-, state-, and county-level provider services and utilization data for selected health service areas. Market saturation, in the present context, refers to the density of providers of a particular service within a defined geographic area relative to the number of the beneficiaries receiving that service in the area.

The seventh release of the data tool includes a quarterly update of the data to the fourteen health services areas from release 6, and also includes Federally Qualified Health Centers and Ophthalmology data. Release 7 will therefore include seven, twelve-month reference periods and the following health service areas: Home Health, Ambulance (Emergency, Non-Emergency, Emergency & Non-Emergency), Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities (Part A and Part B), Skilled Nursing Facilities, Hospice, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Clinical Laboratory (Billing Independently), Long-Term Care Hospitals, Chiropractic Services, Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs, Psychotherapy, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and Ophthalmology. Also new to Release 7 is a trend analysis graphing tool that allows users to graph the percentage change and trend over time at the national level for the available metrics and health services areas.

The tool is available through the CMS website at: https://data.cms.gov/market-saturation.

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