In its request-for-comment notice, CMS is asking for public input on whether or not physicians have a privacy interest with their Medicare payments. If they do, CMS says it wants to create a review system that balances a physician's privacy with the public interest.
CMS also wants suggestions on specific policies it should consider regarding the disclosure of individual physician payment data "that will further the goals of improving the quality and value of care, enhancing access and availability of CMS data, increasing transparency in government, and reducing fraud, waste, and abuse within CMS programs."
CMS also wants suggestions for how it should release information about individual physician payments, such as through line item claims details, or aggregated data at the individual physician level.
Remarks must be submitted within 30 days of the Aug. 6 notice.