American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Medicare Claims Data

A provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that certain Medicare claims data be made available for the purpose of allowing qualified entities (as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) to prepare publicly available evaluations and comparisons of provider performance. The American College of Surgeons (ACS) advocacy efforts stress that appropriate safeguards must be put in place to guarantee the accuracy and validity of any performance reports that will be made publicly available. The ACS supports efforts to help physicians and patients better understand the quality and cost of their care and provide them with tools that will allow for the continuous improvement of care.

Availability of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement Rules