Filings A new request for public comment concerns granular Medicare claims data.

Published on September 4th, 2013 | by Daniel Castro


Comments In Response to Potential Medicare Data Release

Earlier this year, a Florida federal district court lifted a decades-old injunction that had prohibited Medicare administrators from disclosing payments to individual physicians. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), now has the opportunity to revise its policies on releasing granular claims data and made a request for public comment on the topic last month. The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments urging CMS to release this data in a timely and complete manner in open, machine-readable formats. Our comments highlighted applications for the data in the public, private and research sectors and suggested supplementary activities to maximize the value of the data for these stakeholders.

Read the comments.

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About the Author

Daniel Castro is the director of the Center for Data Innovation and vice president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Mr. Castro writes and speaks on a variety of issues related to information technology and internet policy, including data, privacy, security, intellectual property, internet governance, e-government, and accessibility for people with disabilities. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, USA Today, Bloomberg News, and Businessweek. In 2013, Mr. Castro was named to FedScoop’s list of “Top 25 most influential people under 40 in government and tech.” In 2015, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker appointed Mr. Castro to the Commerce Data Advisory Council.Mr. Castro previously worked as an IT analyst at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he audited IT security and management controls at various government agencies. He contributed to GAO reports on the state of information security at a variety of federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). In addition, Mr. Castro was a Visiting Scientist at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he developed virtual training simulations to provide clients with hands-on training of the latest information security tools. He has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.S. in Information Security Technology and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

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