Friday, September 14, 2007

Medicare Physician Data: Transparency vs. Privacy

iHealthBeat provides commentary and an update on the outcome of the Consumers' Checkbook v. HHS matter involving whether or not Medicare physicians claims data should be made publicly available.

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of Consumers' Checkbook on August 22 requiring that HHS release the physician data requested under FOIA to Consumers' Checkbook. So far HHS has not appealed the decision and the data is required to by produced by September 21.

It will be interesting to see if HHS appeals the decision. Classic example of transparency vs. privacy. Brian Kleppner has more over at that The Health Care Blog.

UPDATE (10/22/07): The WSJ Health Blog reports that HHS has decided to appeal the decision requiring that HHS release data under FOIA to Consumers' Checkbook. The decision initially required production of the data by September 21 which was then extended until October 22.

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