The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday posted full-year 2015 financial data on its Open Payments website, designed to help consumers better understand financial relationships between physicians and drug and medical device companies.

Improved collection and analysis of financial transaction data by CMS continues its program to track trends in provider-vendor relationships and present relevant information to the public. Despite lauding the transparency efforts, a leading U.S. medical organization questioned the validity of the data, the efforts to analyze it and its relevance for consumers.

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