The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announces the release of a public data set that provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by home health agencies.

The data set, called the Home Health Agency Utilization and Payment Public Use File (Home Health Agency PUF), contains information on utilization, payments, and submitted charges organized by provider, state and home health resource group, according to a media release from CMS.

The Home Health Agency PUF was created from CMS administrative claims data for Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the fee-for-service program available from the CMS Chronic Condition Data Warehouse. The data covers calendar year 2013 and is based on home health agency Part A institutional claims. These new data include information on 11,062 home health agencies, over 6 million claims, and over $18 billion in Medicare payments for 2013. The data set does not contain any individually identifiable information about Medicare beneficiaries, the release explains.

For more information, visit CMS.

[Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services]