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The Medicare Data Release ConundrumThe Medicare Data Release Conundrum ONLINE FIRST

Gail R. Wilensky, PhD
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From Project HOPE, Bethesda, Maryland.

Editor's Note: This online-first version will be replaced with a final version when it is included in the issue. The final version may differ in small ways.

Note: Dr. Wilensky is a former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and a former chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Disclosures: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M14-1080.

Requests for Single Reprints: Gail R. Wilensky, PhD, Project HOPE, 7500 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 600, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail, gwilensky@projecthope.org.

This article was published online first at www.annals.org on 10 June 2014.


Ann Intern Med. Published online 10 June 2014 doi:10.7326/M14-1080
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In April 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published detailed information on the $77 billion that 880 000 health care practitioners billed for some 6000 types of Medicare Part B services in 2012. This commentary by a former CMS administrator discusses how these data can be helpful, what is missing that might lead to misinterpretation, and why such transparency is here to stay.

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