Predictions on CMS Physician Payment Data Release

According to ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein, there are some clues as to how the federal government's data dump on physicians' Medicare payments may pan out.

Mr. Ornstein and his colleagues at ProPublica developed the Prescriber Checkup, which lets consumers look up their physicians to see how their prescription behaviors compare to others in the same specialty and state. The application took intensive analysis of Medicare's drug program data — more than 70 million rows of data on the drugs prescribed by 1.6 million providers in 2011 alone, according to the article.

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