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Medicare Physician Payment Data: Is This Transparency?Medicare Physician Payment Data

Eric M. Horwitz, MD; and David S. Weinberg, MD, MSc
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This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 10 June 2014.

From Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Disclosures: Authors have disclosed no conflicts of interest. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-0913.

Requests for Single Reprints: Eric M. Horwitz, MD, Department of Radiation Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111; e-mail, eric.horwitz@fccc.edu.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Horwitz: Department of Radiation Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Dr. Weinberg: Department of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: E.M. Horwitz, D.S. Weinberg.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: E.M. Horwitz.

Drafting of the article: E.M. Horwitz, D.S. Weinberg.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: E.M. Horwitz, D.S. Weinberg.

Final approval of the article: E.M. Horwitz, D.S. Weinberg.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: D.S. Weinberg.

Collection and assembly of data: D.S. Weinberg.

Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(4):291-292. doi:10.7326/M14-0913
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A cursory evaluation of recently released Medicare data highlights wide variations in payments to individual physicians. The authors of this commentary caution against superficial evaluation of these data without a deeper understanding of what they can and cannot indicate and point to their potential value in understanding variations in health care.

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