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Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, August 9, 2013

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.


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John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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4 comments on "Physicians' Medicare Pay Data May be Next to be Made Public"


Ghost (8/17/2013 at 3:01 PM)
Seems like in the name of freedom and privacy, they (government) are lost. They need to focus what really needs to happen. I don't even understand, how in the world this will get the "broken medicare" fixed. Hope there is such data strictly required and mandatory for the"politicians and lawyers"... Medical future is hopelss with this new unfortunate blindsided health care laws.

One Doctor (8/16/2013 at 2:37 PM)
We must choose between losing an insignificant amount of privacy or treating the poor. The choice is clear for me.

anonymous (8/12/2013 at 6:16 PM)
As an surgical resident who is coming into my own practice soon, these developments certainly make me question whether I will take Medicare/Medicaid patients.