Medicare made millionaires out of a small group of doctors in 2012. A politically- connected Florida ophthalmologist got nearly $21 million in reimbursements. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It released information on more than 880,000 health care providers, but the American Medical Association says the data dump will do more harm than good. Cristina Boccuti, senior associate on Medicare policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the database and how someone can use, or misuse, it.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.