Hospital Chargemasters and Open Data from CMS — The conversation continues

When CMS recently released hospital chargemaster and payment data for the 100 hospital codes most frequently billed to Medicare, there was much written and said about the significance of the data release. Some found this to be significant; others (including your humble HealthBlawger), not so much. Leonard Kish summed up and addressed the critiques of the […]

The FDA Patient Network Website – Pretty Darn Patient-Centered

The FDA launched an impressive patient network website this month, after nearly four years of research, focus groups, usability testing and more. The twin goals for this website are promoting the educational mission of the FDA, and promoting opportunities for patient advocacy within the FDA — and earlier in the policymaking process than has been the […]

The federales’ open data policy and the Medicare hospital chargemaster data dump … Please don’t inundate us with junk.

So just about everyone is pretty pumped about the White House announcement of its new open data policy. Todd Park gives us the skinny on the latest in Open Government — The Executive Order and related Open Data Policy — in 60 seconds. (Gotta love that guy.) In general, when it comes to data, the more […]