Every payment you take, every claim you make, someone will be watching you. No, we don’t mean Sting. We mean all the consumers and businesses that will have greater access to physician billing information now because today the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released billing and payment information for over 880,000 practitioners. This is a departure from past practice (backed up by a 1979 court ruling) where such information was kept under wraps, a policy that had been supported by physicians in the past. The goal of the new policy is to make Medicare reimbursement payments more transparent with the ultimate aim of reducing costs, the general idea being that transparency will lead to greater accountability from doctors seeking Medicare reimbursement.
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