How Predictive Analytics Helps Assess Your Missing Data
For years, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided claims Physician/Supplier Procedure Summary Master File for any researcher willing to pay for its access at $250 per year requested.
Every year starting 2012, CMS also releases a Public Dataset free of charge, including all physician claims of all procedures. For privacy reasons, the public dataset includes only volumes greater than 10.
In this quest, I begin with the hope to use the 2014 public dataset to investigate lumbar punctures as performed by radiologists, neurologists, and other providers. Then, as I encounter limitations to the public dataset, the remainder of the quest is dedicated to investigating this issue.