On March 9, 2016, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of their public data set called the Skilled Nursing Facility Utilization and Payment Public Use File (PUF). This report is released as part of the Administration's efforts to make the healthcare system more transparent, affordable and accountable. The Skilled Nursing Facility PUF contains information on utilization, payment, and submitted charges and is organized by the CMS Certification Number, Resource Utilization Group (RUG) and state of service. The recently released report contains information about calendar year 2013. CMS acknowledges that this data has limitations, as it does not address the quality of care provided by individual Skilled Nursing Facilities. The report contains only utilization information and the data is not risk adjusted to account for differences in the underlying severity of diseases of patient populations treated by providers.