Wyden, Grassley Want Medicare Doctor Payments Made Public

Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) “are collaborating on legislation to require the federal government to make public how much it pays doctors who participate in Medicare, a Senate staffer said,” according to The Hill.

Payments to doctors and other individual providers in the Medicare claims database has been off-limits to the public since the 1970s, when the Florida Medical Association and the American Medical Association sued to keep it secret. The issue has resurfaced in recent months after The Wall Street Journal and the Center for Public Integrity sued the Department of Health and Human Services to get the information.

Those pushing “for access to the database believe it could reveal major fraud that costs taxpayers greatly.”

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One response to “Wyden, Grassley Want Medicare Doctor Payments Made Public

  1. Pat

    I’m not opposed to this information being released to the public. In that same vein, I think all payments to members of both chambers of the United States Congress should be made public. Example — how much Farm Welfare payments are received either by the actual member of the United States Congress or any member of their family. In addition, salaries and the dollar amount of benefits paid by the United States taxpayer should also be made public.

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