Medicare billing records -- encompassing virtually every doctor's office -- are the mother lode of health-care data. Experts analyzing them can identify waste or poor quality care.I wonder who these "experts" are that claim they can identify waste and poor quality care from billing records: no written record, just diagnosis and procedure codes. They surely must be smoking something...
The nonprofit Consumers' Checkbook group had won a lower court decision to release the records. But a federal appeals court in Washington overturned it late Friday, saying doctors' privacy would be violated.
Thank goodness the appeals court had the vision to not be swayed by marketing claims and overturned the earlier district court's ruling.