In an effort to facilitate consumer directed healthcare, CMS has begun posting the payments that Medicare will make for certain high volume procedures. At this point, the approved Medicare Payments are included in the segment of the CMS website constructed to provide consumer information. Although informative, reports of the action express reservations regarding the usefulness for consumers because the information:

*Provides ranges for payments in large geographic locations;

*It does not provide hospital specific information; and

*It does not provide relative information regarding payments by private insurance carriers.