August 4, 2011
Donald Berwick, MD, MPH
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Department of Health and Human Services
Room 445–G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200
Independence Avenue, SW.,
Washington, DC 20201
RE: Availability of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement Proposed Rule http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2011-14003_PI.pdf Medicare data for performance measurement regulation, as created by Section 3001(a) of the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
Dear Dr. Berwick:
The Niagara Health Quality Coalition (NHQC) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments regarding the above referenced proposed regulations intended to make Medicare more transparent about its dealings with providers, insurers and other stakeholders. In that context, NHQC feels it is important to be candid.