[medreform] Re: FOIA

  • From: "Donald, David" <ddonald@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <medreform@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 12:31:14 -0400

Go for it.


From: medreform-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:medreform-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Pell, Michael
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:21 PM
To: medreform@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [medreform] FOIA

I talked to the people at RESDAC and our attorney. The bottom line is we
can issue a FOIA request and our attorney thinks we can get the data for
free or a minimal charge. This does not mean that CMS won't try to fight
us on it, only that our attorney believes we are in the right. We are
confident in our position because RESDAC said the CMS charge is for
pulling and maintaining the database. As a press organization we can
only be charged for making copies of the data, which shouldn't cost
$3,000 a year.

I am going to issue a FOIA for the following data: 

                        *       The MEDPAR Limited Data Set for 1997
through 2008; 
                        *       Limited Data Set Denominator files for
1999 through 2008; 
                        *       And the Limited Data Set Standard
Analytical Files for 1999 through 2007. 

Does anyone want anything else? 


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