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Does the Medicare Data Dump Do More Harm Than Good?

In an effort to make the U.S. health care system more transparent, affordable and accountable, in April the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an unprecedented amount of privacy-protected data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other medical professionals. The database, known as the Carrier Standard Analytic File, contains information on more than 880,000 distinct health care providers who collectively received $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012 under the Medicare Part B Fee-For-Service program ( It includes all physician claims that Medicare paid directly….Read More


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