Doc Groups Urge Care in Release of Medicare Data

Medpage Today: Nov 1, 2013

WASHINGTON — Physician groups advised Medicare program officials to cautiously approach making individual physician payments available to the public, warning of many unintended consequences of doing so.

Many medical societies in comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)questioned the impact that making the dollar amounts they receive from Medicare publicly available will have on consumer behavior, saying it could be mischaracterized or misunderstood.

To mitigate this potential, physician groups encouraged CMS to work with them to promote the reliable and effective use of payment data in a way that’s fair and accurately presented. Read More