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CMS Dashboard Beta is Up and Running – Transparency in Medicare Spending Library and Visualizations

Posted Apr 15 2010 10:19am

If you want to look up cost of admissions, this is the place to check.  There’s also information available for researchers and journalists.  What is visible here is the amount that Medicare pays to hospitals based on a number of formulas that are input into the system.  I have not had a chance to fully go through the site yet and will be diving deeper in the next few days.  The System shows the top 25 DRGs per state.  This is a nice set of algorithms. 

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I looked up “severe sepsis” statistics in California for one example and the volume of cases are reported by rank for California hospitals or any other state you select.

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Watch the video below for additional information from the CMS site.  There are some spreadsheet format downloads available as well. 

As mentioned, this does not include data for patients participating in Medicare Part D.  In the upper left hand side, click to start the dashboard.  The video above is the same one that is on the website.  BD 

The CMS Dashboard BETA is a beta release and offers statistical views of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) data as it relates to claims payment and volume as collected by CMS. The data contained in this beta version is current as of March, 2010, for inpatient discharges from January, 2006, to December, 2009.  Future releases may contain additional CMS Program data.

In addition to the DRG  payments, the amounts displayed also include payments that Congress has determined support important public policy goals, image including, the provision of medical education, additional funding to hospitals that take a disproportionate share of low-income patients, additional payments to rural hospitals, additional funding to hospitals with high cost outlier payments for cases that incur extraordinarily high costs of treatment, and adjustments for the underlying costs in different geographic regions.  In addition, the data on the number of patients and the total dollars may vary from year to year based on the number of beneficiaries who choose to participate in the Medicare Advantage side of the program.  These data only include fee-for-service beneficiaries.  

Please see the upper-right corner of the dashboard for information pertaining when the data was updated, and on the inpatient discharge reporting timeframe.  The CMS Dashboard BETA will be updated on a monthly basis starting in 2010.  The data for 2006 and 2010 does not represent a full year, thus should not be compared as such to 2007, 2008, and 2009.

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