CMS needs to improve handling of beneficiary data, GAO says

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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:

  1. Medicare Administrative Contractors who process and distribute payments; 
  2. Researchers who use the data to study how healthcare services are provided; and 
  3. Qualified public or private entities who use claims data to evaluate Medicare service providers and equipment suppliers.

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