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AMA Urges Caution with Medicare Doctor Data
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The American Medical Association is urging members of the public to exercise caution when interpreting the 2012 Medicare payment data for physicians released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services early Wednesday.

Soon after the data was made available on the CMS website, the AMA released its “Guide to Media Reporting on CMS’ Medicare Physician Claims Data,” featuring this stern warning to anyone attempting an analysis: “Medicare claims data is complex and can be confusing and the manner in which CMS is broadly releasing physician claims data, without context, can lead to inaccuracies, misinterpretations and false conclusions.”