The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released a privacy-protected public data set, the Hospice Utilization and Payment Public Use File (Hospice PUF), which provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by hospice providers.

CMS also released an update to the Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool, formerly called the Moratoria Provider Services and Utilization Data Tool. For the first time, this tool will include information on hospice services, according to CMS.

CMS said the Hospice PUF contains information on utilization, payments, submitted charges, diagnoses, and hospice beneficiary demographics organized by provider and state. The Hospice PUF covers calendar year 2014 and includes information on 4,025 hospice providers, over 1.3 million hospice beneficiaries, and over $15 billion in Medicare payments, CMS reported.

“With this data, it is now possible to analyze geographic variation in the delivery of hospice care, as well as variation across individual hospice providers,” said CMS in its announcement.  “The Hospice PUF also includes a number of metrics on hospice beneficiary demographics and diagnoses to facilitate analyses of differences in the patient population across providers.”

RACmonitor will have more on this story along with details on the third release of the Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool that CMS also released today. 

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