US will disclose Medicare’s payments to doctors

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 07 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2610
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The US government announced on Wednesday 2 April that it will publicize the payments that Medicare makes to individual doctors.

The data will contain detailed payment information on 880 000 healthcare professionals for services that they have provided to Medicare beneficiaries under the program’s Part B “fee for service” program, which covers outpatient care.

The data, which may be released as early as next week, will cover payments for $77bn (£46.4bn; €56.2bn) paid out by Medicare to healthcare providers in 2012.

In a blog post on 2 April Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), said that the goal of the release …

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