May 5, 2014

AMA help for Medicare claims data release

As reporting about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent release of physician Medicare claims data continues to cycle through the media, a new resource page from the AMA offers the essential information you need to know about the data release.

The physician Medicare claims data, which was made available April 9, includes such information as billed charges, Medicare payments and the number of different Medicare services provided in 2012. Because CMS released only raw data with little context and considerable limitations, it’s easy for patients, reporters and others to draw inaccurate conclusions about individual physicians. The AMA’s new resource page can provide the clarification you need.

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