The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS0 released updated data to increase transparency in the Medicare program, by posting the third annual release of the Physician and Other Supplier Utilization and Payment public use data. In addition, CMS announced the availability of more timely data for researchers.
The Physician and Other Supplier Utilization and Payment data contains summarized information on Part B services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals. The data includes payment and submitted charges, or bills, for services and procedures provided by each physician or supplier. It allows for comparisons by physician, specialty, location, types of medical services and procedures delivered, Medicare payment, and submitted charges.
The updated 2014 dataset has information for over 986,000 distinct health care providers (up from 950,000 in 2013) who collectively received $91 billion in Medicare payments (compared to $90 billion in 2013). New in the 2014 data is the Medicare standardized payment amount, which removes geographic differences in payment rates for individual services, such as those that account for local wages or input prices, and makes Medicare payments across geographic areas comparable. CMS protects beneficiaries’ personal information in all its data releases.