Medicare Will Reveal Individual Physician Fee-For-Service Payments Starting In March 2014

On January 14, 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that starting March 18, 2014, it would begin releasing individual physician Medicare fee-for-service payment data on a case-by-case basis in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. CMS said it will “weigh the balance between the privacy interest of individual physicians and the public interest in disclosure of such information.” A key consideration will be the privacy of Medicare patients. In addition to fielding individual requests for physician . . .

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