HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. II. Scope and Applicability of Guidelines


CMS will ensure that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the OMB, HHS and CMS guidelines. It is CMS's goal to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information that it disseminates to the public. We strive to provide information that is accurate, reliable, clear, complete, unbiased, and useful. We are committed to integrating the principle of information quality into every phase of information development, including creation, collection, maintenance, and dissemination.

The pre-dissemination review described in the guidelines only applies to substantive information disseminated on or after October 1, 2002. The administrative mechanism for correction applies to information that the agency disseminates on or after October 1, 2002, regardless of when the agency first disseminated the information.

  1. Information Covered

    Information that IS subject to the Information Quality Guidelines includes:

    • statistics and information designed for public dissemination to help CMS program beneficiaries make informed choices
    • statistical or actuarial information
    • studies and summaries prepared for public dissemination to inform the public about the impact of CMS programs
    • studies and summaries prepared for use in formulating broad program policy.

    To correct information that is subject to the Information Quality Guidelines, please follow the procedure for correcting CMS information outlined in Section VI of this notice.

  2. Information Not Covered

    Information that is NOT subject to the Information Quality Guidelines includes:

    • personal information maintained for purposes of enrollment or adjudicative decisions
    • data used to verify and pay individual claims
    • information pertaining to basic agency operations, such as the Chief Financial Officer's Report
    • procedural and policy manuals
    • management information that is produced primarily for internal use
    • information which is disseminated only to CMS employees or agency contractors
    • opinions where the agency's presentation makes it clear that what is being offered is personal opinion rather than fact or the agency views
    • press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that CMS has disseminated elsewhere.