Medicare Program: Availability of Medicare Data for Performance Measurement

"This rule proposes to implement new statutory requirements
regarding the release and use of standardized extracts of Medicare
claims data to measure the performance of providers and suppliers in
ways that protect patient privacy. This rule explains how entities can
become qualified by CMS to receive standardized extracts of claims data
under Medicare Parts A, B, and D for the purpose of evaluation of the
performance of providers of services and suppliers." - 76 Fed. Reg. 33,566.