CMS Administrator Seema Verma today announced CareSet Systems would be the first with access to Medicare C data.
Using this dataset, CareSet will be able to compare treatment patterns between Part C and traditional-fee-for-service Medicare, as well as gaining insights into how commercial plans operate, says Data Journalist Fred Trotter, CTO of CareSet Systems.
HOUSTON July 26, 2018
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced that CareSet has become the first research organization to receive access to Medicare Advantage (Part C) encounter data. Announced by CMS Administrator Seema Verma in a Tweet reported “@CMSGov is excited that the 1st researcher (@DocGraph – now part of @CareSet) has been granted access to 2015 #MedicareAdvantage (MA) Encounter data.”
“Using this dataset, CareSet will be able to compare treatment patterns between Part C and traditional-fee-for-service Medicare, as well as gaining insights into how commercial plans operate,” says Data Journalist Fred Trotter, CTO of CareSet Systems. “For the first time, the marketplace will have transparent insight into what healthcare looks like when it is administered by private plans.” CareSet Labs re-releases CMS data as public use files for researchers and commercial organizations as the DocGraph Datasets (https://careset.com/datasets/).
Administrator Verma first announced greater access to Medicare data at Health Datapalooza on April 26, 2018 in Washington, DC. “We’re working on giving patients access to – and control of – their data across all of our programs. We’re working to enable researchers with proper security and privacy regulations in place – as well as our partners at FDA and NIH, with access to our data, [and] we’re working to ensure that we have the necessary data not just to improve individual health – but public and population health.”
“At Datapalooza, Seema Verma made big commitments to healthcare transparency, and indicated that Open Data was going to be a focus of her term at CMS,” says Trotter. “She made it clear that the CMS administration regards transparency as a critical component of market competition,” Trotter continues.
Verma also made it very clear that President Trump wants his administration working to foster competition in healthcare markets, and to ensure that Americans receive better value for their investments in care.
About Careset Systems
CareSet Systems (https://careset.com) is the nation’s first company with access to 100% Medicare Part A, B and D (and now C) claims and enables the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies to decode Medicare claims data to guide new drug launches.
About CareSet Labs
CareSet Labs (https://careset.com/labs) creates open healthcare datasets called the DocGraph Datasets. We believe the release of reliable and current data is vital to the improvement of the healthcare system. Our mission is to encourage an ecosystem of innovators to collaborate and share tools and research methodologies around open healthcare datasets.
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