Docs Split Over Public Medicare Data

A new poll conducted by the American College of Physician Executives has found that doctors are almost evenly divided on whether or not Medicare payment data should be made public.

A new poll conducted by the American College of Physician Executives has found that doctors are almost evenly divided on whether or not Medicare payment data should be made public.

Forty-six percent of responding ACPE members said the data should not be made public, while 42 percent said it should. An additional 12 percent were unsure.

According to ACPE, the survey was prompted by a federal court judge’s decision to overturn a longstanding injunction that prevented the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services from releasing information about payments to individual physicians.

CMS is currently soliciting feedback on whether physicians have a right to privacy regarding the reimbursement information and if that privacy interest outweighs the benefit to the public.

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Source: Healthcare IT News