Evaluating Cms.Gov Website for Credibility
Medicare and Medicaid information can be overwhelming and confusing to both the consumer and the healthcare professional. The information highway known as the World Wide Web (WWW) can provide the answers to questions about these government benefits, but getting clear, informative and accurate knowledge can be overwhelming. O’Sullivan (2011) identified the WWW as “a primary repository for health information for the medically naïve yet technically savvy healthcare consumer.” One internet website that provides information about Medicare and Medicaid is CMS.gov ("Cms.gov centers for”). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the United States agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The CMS.gov website is a central housing location for providing information to the beneficiaries of these government medical insurance programs.
This article will use a systematic approach to evaluate the CMS.gov website for credibility.
Credibility of the CMS.gov website is determined by scrutiny of evidence based criteria (Anderson & Klemm, 2008). A systematic approach for evaluating health-related internet websites found on the Internet must be utilized. The following criteria will be used for evaluation: authority, information, objectivity, ease of navigation, and privacy and security ("Week 3 Lesson, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Course NR500 Foundational Concepts and Applications," 2011). An examination of the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can also provide clues to the credibility of the website. Websites published by government agencies or non-profit organizations ending in .gov, .org or .edu are the most credible and are the best choice for finding trustworthy website information. This website examination will review this factor also. The evaluation of the CMS.gov website will determine if the information provided comes from a responsible source without
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