"However, CMS also recognizes the valid concerns raised by many stakeholders over protecting the integrity of the data. As CMS makes a determination about how and when to disclose any information on a physician's Medicare payment, we intend to consider the importance of protecting physicians' privacy and ensuring the accuracy of any data released as well as appropriate protections to limit potential misuse of the information. And as always, we are committed to protecting the privacy of Medicare beneficiaries."
Representatives from physicians' associations said Tuesday they were still reviewing the new policy, but that they generally support improving access and transparency in Medicare records as long as the data is placed in its proper context.
Reid B. Blackwelder, MD, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, says the his organization has been involved in the comment process for the modifications and continues to support the move towards greater transparency in medical records and billing.