After decades of fighting to keep how much Medicare pays individual doctors a secret, the federal government bowed to pressure from journalists and consumer groups and released the information in April.
The data let reporters — and anyone else — figure out who is getting paid by Medicare for what.
Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 11:09 am
Charlie is like a lot of my patients. He's in his late 50s, weighs a little too much and his cholesterol and blood pressure are both too high. To lower his risk of a heart attack or stroke, he takes daily pills to control his blood pressure and lower his cholesterol.
A couple of times a year, Charlie visits me to make sure the drugs are working and aren't causing problems.
Caring for patients like Charlie has become easier in the last few years because of something that you might take for granted in 2014: electronic prescribing.