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Release of Medicare Physician Payment Data Imminent

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, April 9, 2014

"This public data set will include number of services, average submitted charges and standard deviation in submitted charges, average allowed amount and standard deviation in allowed amount, average Medicare payment and standard deviation in Medicare payment, and a count of unique beneficiaries treated."

In the letter, Blum, also made the claim that release of the data is required under the Freedom of Information Act.

AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven MD wasted no time responding to the CMS letter, issuing a statement on April 2 that is highly critical of the forthcoming release of the Medicare data.

"The AMA is concerned that CMS' broad approach to releasing physician payment data will mislead the public into making inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment decisions and will result in unwarranted bias against physicians that can destroy careers. We have witnessed these inaccuracies in the past," Hoven wrote. "To guarantee that information is accurate, complete, and helpful, the AMA strongly recommends that physicians be permitted to review and correct their information prior to the data release."

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