The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has just released a beta version of a dashboard that contains statistical views of data in the IPPS, the Inpatient Prospective Payment System. In addition to DRG payments, the dashboard also includes amounts paid for:
- Medical education
- Disproportionate share payments
- Rural hospital payments
- Outlier payments
- PPS capital payments
This dashboard, with animation of changing values as you make new selections, is a great way to convey information visually, as well as being an important source for comparisons and research. The video below provides a brief overview of the dashboard, its contents and use.
CMS is committed to publishing additional information in its vast files of claims and providers. Can a dashboard of physician or medical group costs be far behind? What about physicians or medical groups achieving EHR Meaningful Use criteria, or a dashboard for corporate integrity agreements? What about PQRI performance?
We are entering a new age where comparative information will be available as never before. Add to that the comparisons of providers already done on social networking media, and it really is a brave new world of “data democracy”! Are you ready?