The public will soon find out. Yesterday, Medicare officially began accepting requests from the public (PDF) under the Freedom of Information Act for doctors’ personally identifiable payment information. In addition, drug companies and devicemakers are currently preparing to reveal payments to doctors, which, along with CMS’ Physician Compare site, will reveal previously undisclosed information about doctors’ finances and performance.
The release of the new data is intended to tell the public how many patients an individual doctor treats and what the government paid for the care. This information will inform the public of physicians’ competence in certain procedures and will also show “patterns of fraud and overuse.”
The CMS will begin publicly posting data showing how much drug companies, devicemakers, and other healthcare suppliers pay to doctors in September.
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