By Genevieve Douglas
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created a new Office of
Information Products and Data Analysis (OIPDA) that will oversee the agency's
use and dissemination of data about the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
The new office will make the development, management, use, and dissemination
of data and information a core function of CMS, Health and Human Services Deputy
Secretary Bill Corr told attendees of the 2012 Health Datapalooza in Washington
on June 5.
The new CMS office will also enhance the agency's data analytics and
management strategies that are promoted through programs by the White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy, according to an HHS release.
OIPDA will oversee the use of data and information as CMS evolves from a
fee-for-service based payer to a “value-based purchaser of care” that links
payments to quality and efficiency of care rather than volume of services, Corr
HHS also has created a new committee to assess how to better use data within
the department and make health data more widely available for improving care
delivery, Corr said.
HHS is also launching a catalog of new data sets for technology developers,
and the agency is taking steps to develop a digital workforce of information
technology specialists for the federal agencies, Corr added.
“The success and usefulness of our own data and government initiatives will
be determined by our work together,” Corr said.
The overall goal of OIPDA is to modernize CMS's data systems and policies,
and help the agency improve health care delivery, HHS said in a press
Data and information resources available under the CMS initiative include:
Medicare geographic variation trend dataset that aggregates information from
nearly 5 billion Medicare claims in an easy-to-use data format to provide key
metrics at the state and hospital referral region levels;
online Medicare enrollment dashboard that provides a single location for finding
comprehensive enrollment statistics for Medicare Parts A, B, and D and Medicare
Medicare & Medicaid Research Review online journal on current and
future directions of the Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance
CMS Data Navigator, a web-based search tool that connects researchers,
policymakers, and the general public to the CMS data resources they need.
OIPDA also will coordinate the agency's data policies and requirements to
ensure that the data policies and requirements align with the agency's other
data policies and requirements, HHS said.
According to a CMS fact sheet, OIPDA will ensure that new initiatives to make
data more accessible to researchers, developers, and others will follow privacy
laws and rules.
Information on the HHS health data initiatives is available at http://www.hhs.gov/open/initiatives/hdi/index.html.
A CMS fact sheet on the announcements is available at http://www.cms.gov/apps/media/fact_sheets.asp.