Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Movement on disclosing Medicare payments to doctors

Momentum is starting to build on making Medicare payments to doctors public information.  

A Senate bill aimed at curtailing Medicare fraud would publish physician billing data online, letting viewers determine how much individual doctors earn annually from the program.  The release of the data has been prohibited by a court ruling for more than 30 years. But some lawmakers recently stepped up their efforts to lift the ban and bring Medicare billing data to light to prevent fraud.
Click here for a related WSJ article.

The Government spends over $1 Trillion on health care, about half of that ending up in the pockets of doctors.  The DoD budget, on the other hand, is about $550 Billion.  Yet it's easy to obtain information about DoD contractors.  See here and here.

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