April 15th, 2014
Cardiology and the Medicare Data Avalanche
The avalanche of data released by Medicare on Wednesday was followed shortly by an outpouring of news reports. Here’s a review of some of the more significant cardiology-related details that came out in these stories.
Cardiology was the third in a New York Times list of total Medicare payments received by the highest-paid 2% of doctors. This 2% accounted for nearly one-fourth of total Medicare payments. There were 2,176 cardiologists in the top 2% group and they received more than 1.6 billion dollars from Medicare. Ahead of cardiologists at the top of the list were ophthalmologists (2,995 providers who received more than $3.3 billion) and hematologists/oncologists (1,831 providers who received more than $2 billion).
The Washington Post‘s Wonkblog furthered the discussion by asking the top 10 Medicare billers to explain their charges.
What are your thoughts on this recent data? Has there been a discussion between you, your colleagues and/or patients about the information released to the public?