The Washington Post, April 10, 2014

Looking at the top Medicare billers in today's massive data dump, the big dollar amounts are hard to ignore. The top 10 doctors alone received a combined $121.4 million for Medicare Part B payments in 2012. But not all of these doctors are pocketing millions. A clear trend emerges from the data and from interviews with these physicians: The high cost of drugs is a huge driver of the robust Medicare payouts. Indeed, slightly more than half of the Medicare payments to these 10 doctors — $61.9 million in total — went toward drugs and "other costs."

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