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wholesale sunglasses Medicare payment data is to be released next week.
As early as next Wednesday the federal government will release a database on the payments made to 880,000 health care professionals in the Medicare program.
Charles Ornstein, senior reporter at ProPublica, writes on his that the data will cover doctors and other health care providers in every state who collectively have received billion in payments in 2012 in Medicare's Part B program.
The decision to release the data by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services follows a 2010 series of articles by the Wall Street Journal called "Secrets of the System," Ornstein writes.
The Journal's parent company Dow Jones filed a motion to overturn a Florida ruling prohibiting release of this data and in May 2013 a Florida judge vacated the injunction.
With this data, it will be possible to conduct a wide range of analyses that compare 6,000 different types of services and procedures provided, as well as payments received by individual health care providers, Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, writes Providing consumers with this information will help them make more informed choices about the care they receive.
"The initiative announced today, as well as the previously released hospital data, build on the powerful tools we have from the to advance transparency in the health care system," he writes.
CMS does not publicly release any personally-identifiable information about beneficiaries, Blum writes.
"To further protect beneficiary identities and safeguard this information in this new data, CMS will redact all data in cases where it includes fewer than 11 beneficiaries."
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