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CMS seeks comment on how to release doc pay data without compromising privacy
Modern Physician

The CMS is seeking public comment on how best to make physician-specific Medicare payment data publicly available while also protecting the privacy of patients. Physician organizations have vigorously opposed the release of physician-specific data but the dike appears to be crumbling.

Since 1979, public release of payment information had been prohibited by a court injunction resulting from a Florida Medical Association lawsuit. But, on March 31, the injunction was vacated by U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard in Jacksonville, Fla.