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The Medicare 2012 Physician Data Release – Review of Ophthalmology

The CMS Provider Utilization and Payment Data Public Utilization File is now open to the public; here’s what you should know.

This article answers the following questions:

  • What is the Medicare Physician Data Release, and where can it be found?
  • Did ophthalmology realize significant payments in the data release?
  • Is this the first time this data was released?
  • If an injunction existed to preclude the release of information, how did the 2014 release occur?
  • What is the purpose of releasing this data?
  • Are there limitations to how the data is presented?
  • Is there a use of this data for the individual provider(s)?
  • How did the media react to the information in the data release?
  • How should ophthalmologists respond if approached by the media about this data and future data releases?
  • Who else might be interested in this data?

This article was published in Review of Ophthalmology’s Medicare Q & A column, which is written by Corcoran’s Vice-President, Donna McCune, CCS-P, COE, CPMA. To view the entire article in Review of Ophthalmology, click on the link below:

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