Data Set The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a trove of payment data this week.

Published on April 11th, 2014 | by Travis Korte


Medicare Releases Trove of Payment Data

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a trove of data showing how much Medicare paid around 880,000 doctors around the country.  The Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to CMS in September urging the agency to release the data, which promises to have applications in improving care coordination and hospital performance management, as well as physician recommendations in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Journalists have begun to dig into the data and identify the doctors who have billed for the most Medicare money, and the Washington Post has an online tool that lets users search for their own doctor.

The data is available for download in its entirety in tab-delimited and Excel spreadsheet formats. 

Get the data.

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Travis Korte is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation specializing in data science applications and open data. He has a background in journalism, computer science and statistics. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, he launched the Science vertical of The Huffington Post and served as its Associate Editor, covering a wide range of science and technology topics. He has worked on data science projects with HuffPost and other organizations. Before this, he graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley, having studied critical theory and completed coursework in computer science and economics. His research interests are in computational social science and using data to engage with complex social systems. You can follow him on Twitter @traviskorte.

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