Leigh Page reports that the American Medical Association has issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by Dow Jones seeking to overturn a long-standing ruling that denied the press access to physicians’ Medicare payment records:
In a statement, AMA President Cecil B. Wilson, MD, argued that physicians have a right to keep complex payment data, which is subject to misinterpretation, out of the public domain. “Physicians, like all Americans, have the right to privacy and due process, and should not suffer the consequences of having false or misleading conclusions drawn from complex Medicare data that has significant limitations,” Dr. Wilson said.
He added that physicians are already well scrutinized by a variety of enforcement agencies.
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