CMS needs to improve handling of beneficiary data, GAO says
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve how it handles shared beneficiary data, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Investigators targeted three partners that get such information:
- Medicare Administrative Contractors who process and distribute payments;
- Researchers who use the data to study how healthcare services are provided; and
- Qualified public or private entities who use claims data to evaluate Medicare service providers and equipment suppliers.