ProPublica Publishes Medicare Part D Prescriber Data

In 2010, the "investigative journalist organization" known as ProPubilca, through donations from the Pew Foundation and several other organizations geared towards attacking industry, began the "Dollars for Docs" campaign. As we have covered extensively since the launch of that campaign, ProPublica aggregated the payment reporting data of approximately 15 manufacturers who were reporting their payments publicly—either as a requirement of a corporate integrity agreement (CIA) with HHS-OIG, or voluntarily—and then created a searchable, aggregated website. Additionally, ProPublica teamed up with national and local media outlets and organizations to help other reporters create stories about their local physicians and payments they may have received from industry—most of the time only showing the potentially negative side of such payments, rather than discussing the tremendous value physician-industry collaboration holds. This campaign shows a future trend of things to come once CMS begins to make public physician and hospital payments under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. Unfortunately, the "Dollars for Docs" campaign was not the last stop for ProPublica. Several weeks ago, ProPublica launched a new project, known as the "Prescriber Checkup." This new initiative, authored mostly by the same people from the Dollars for Docs Campaign, allows anyone in the public to search for their doctor to see how much money their physician is reimbursed by Medicare Part D—...
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