Release of Medicare Part B data

I was a guest on NPR’s “Here and Now” today, discussing the release of Medicare Part B data. I think this portends a good move, especially for researchers. I have my doubts about the ability of consumers to use the data for personal health care decision making, but we shall see. A key issue: it is ridiculous that Medicare Advantage plans are censored for Medicare claims records for research purposes. Now that FFS Medicare has released full hospital (last year) and physician payment data this year, it is time to make Medicare Advantage claims accessible to researchers, at a minimum.

It is about 12 minutes long and includes Shannon Pettypiece from Bloomberg. Here is a link.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy at Duke University (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute). I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and currently serve as Chair of Duke's University Priorities Committee (UPC). My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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