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CMS to Release Physician Pricing Data

April 4, 2014—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) April 2 announced that the agency would be publishing physician-level Medicare payment data as soon as April 9. The database will complement other recently released Medicare data sets on charges and paid services for hospital inpatient and outpatient services.  CMS notes that this information also fulfills obligations to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

The new data files will not have patient information, but will report the following for each professional, service, and setting of care (facility or office): number of services, average submitted charges and standard deviation in submitted charges, average allowed amount and standard deviation in allowed amount, average Medicare payment and standard deviation in Medicare payment, and a count of unique beneficiaries treated.


Ivy Baer, J.D., M.P.H.
Senior Director and Regulatory Counsel
Telephone: 202-828-0499


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