CMS posts Medicare payment information

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In an effort to better inform the public about medical choices, the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) last week added to its website a breakdown of 30 elective medical procedures and other information in order to inform the public about what Medicare will pay in each case.

The information posted gets quite specific, such as information regarding procedures for the urinary tract or gallbladder operations, for example. Based on information gathered last year, the data drills through payment ranges based on location and also gives users statistical data about the types of procedures being given to certain demographics.

CMS is also making efforts to provide information about quality and cost. Coming later this summer will be information regarding procedures at ambulatory surgery centers. Next up in the fall will be a breakdown of payment information pertaining to hospital procedures on an outpatient basis.

More information: www.cms.hhs.gov