The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expects soon to publicly post Medicare payment information on more than 880,000 healthcare professionals in all 50 states.

“With this data, it will be possible to conduct a wide range of analyses that compare 6,000 different types of services and procedures provided, as well as payments received by individual healthcare providers,” Jonathan Blum, CMS principal deputy administrator, writes in a blog posting. The data covers $77 billion in payments in 2012 for services delivered under the Part B fee-for-service program. Medicare in 2013 began publishing charge data submitted by individual hospitals.

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