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15 Statistics on Disclosed Medicare Payments of 880,000 Physicians

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On April 9, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released payment data of $77 billion paid to more than 880,000 physicians and providers in 2012. Here are the 15 specialties that received the highest payments and the average amount each provider received, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.

Specialty and number of providers

Hematology/oncology (7,374)
•    $366,677

Radiation oncology (4,135)
•    $362,666

Ophthalmology (17,067)
•    $327,239

Medical oncology (2,613)
•    $308,702

Portable x-ray (7)
•    $288,020

Rheumatology (4,053)
•    $257,701

Nephrology (7,503)
•    $224,657

Cardiology (22,241)
•    $223,248

Dermatology (10,507)
•    $212,745

Interventional pain management (1,856)
•    $197,229

Peripheral vascular disease (74)
•    $193,441

Hematology (687)
•    $185,757

Cardiac electrophysiology (1,117)
•    $182,641

Vascular surgery (2,696)
•    $180,019

Urology (8,791)
•    $157,589

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