Access CMS.gov: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
This informative website’s resources may be designed for use by various categories of healthcare provider, but it contains information interesting and useful to consumers as well. Under the Research, Statistics, Data and Systems tab, for instance, in Medicare Provider Charge Data, one can explore comparative data like the often stunning disparities in rates charged by different hospitals within a single city, or by hospitals across the country, for treatment of a selection of 100 common diagnoses. It also provides links to detailed information about individual states’ Medicare and Medicaid policies and programs.
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