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Today's Release of Medicare Data


Today, for the first time in decades, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released information regarding physician reimbursement for Medicare coverage.  National news agencies are already covering this event; any legal scholars considering contributing to the discussion by writing from a legal standpoint might find the following references and citations useful:
The Medicare reimbursement data that has just been released may be found here on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.
Data on Medicare reimbursements had originally been sealed in 1979 following an order issued in Florida Medical Association v. Department of Health, Education, & Welfare, 479 F. Supp. 1291 (M.D. Fla., 1979).  The injunction was vacated last year by Florida Medical Association v. Department of Health, Education, & Welfare, Case No. 3:78-cv-178-J-34MCR (M.D. Fla., 2013).
In both of these cases, information regarding Medicare reimbursement had been requested of the federal government.  Generally, the right to request information from the government is covered by the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, as amended by the Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552b.

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