The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin releasing information on amounts paid to individual physicians under the Medicare program, but only on a case-by-case basis.

Previous CMS policy stated that the public interest in disclosure of payments to individual physicians was not sufficient to compel disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a notice available here. That policy was based on courts finding a compelling privacy interest for the physicians in two cases from 1979 and 1980.

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