CMS has recently announced a new data initiative. This initiative creates a new Office, the Office of Information Products and Data Analysis (OIPDA), the goal of which is to maximize CMS data for internal and external users. The Office will serve as the single point of accountability and coordination across the agency to ensure consistent implementation of policies related to data release and dissemination. The Office will also develop and continually update the suite of CMS data and information products and serve as the agency point of contact for external data requests.
Under OIPDA, the development, management, use, and dissemination of data and information resources will become one of CMS’s core functions. Ensuring the privacy and security of personal health information remains a top priority as OIPDA improves access to, and use of, CMS data and information resources. With timely, relevant data, CMS and its partners will be better able to define and reward high quality, low cost care. This effort also enhances data analytics and management strategies that are being widely promoted through programs by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.