Treatment Tracker: The Doctors and Services in Medicare Part B

Treatment Tracker: The Doctors and Services in Medicare Part B

Organisation: ProPublica (United States)

Publication Date: 04/09/2015

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Category 7: Open Data Award The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data in April on the treatments performed by, and the payments made to, more than 880,000 health care professionals who cared for beneficiaries in Medicare's Part B program in 2012. But what does it mean for a doctor to receive $1 million from Medicare? What if a doctor delivered a particular service 350 times? Is that a lot or a little? ProPublica created an interactive news application called Treatment Tracker that places this newly released data (more than 9 million rows of it) in context, showing how providers compare to their peers — that is, providers in the same state and specialty — in terms of the services they perform. The app includes pages for every health professional, state, medical specialty and service billed to Medicare — allowing people to see something very useful: How often doctors billed for the most expensive, most intensive types of office visits and how that compared.
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