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    CMS Release of Physician Payment Data

    Today, CMS released 2012 Medicare payment data on virtually all physicians to the public.  As recently as January CMS indicated that patient requests under the Freedom of Information Act would be reviewed and released on a case-by-case basis. This massive release is without precedent. The release was done without the opportunity  to review the data for accuracy. MSNJ is disappointed that CMS did not allow time for this review which is conventional for other CMS programs that report data. We are also disappointed that the raw data has been released without any context that would inform the public’s evaluation of the data.

    MSNJ is in favor of fee and payment transparency. We urge patients to become more familiar with the particular costs that may be included in the reported payments as well as the costs incurred by physicians to provide quality services.  We urge patients not to jump to conclusions about total payments without giving consideration to the type and quantity of services provided. We believe that many patients will be surprised to see how little physicians are reimbursed for many of the services that they provide. Patients with specific questions or concerns about the payment data are encouraged to speak directly with their physician.

    Read nine reasons that the raw data released by CMS may be misleading.


    Verifying Patient Coverage in a Health Insurance Marketplace Plan.
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    Take Action Now: Repeal the SGR

    Congress is now closer than ever before to enacting fiscally prudent legislation that would permanently repeal the SGR formula. Amplifying the physician voice on this issue now is critical.


    MSNJ Advocacy Conference and House of Delegates Meeting

    Friday, May 2 at 7:30am
    NEW LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Princeton

    The conference will feature a keynote from Governor Christie!

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    Inaugural Gala

    Honoring Paul J. Carniol, MD, FACS
    Saturday, May 10 at 7pm
    Hilton Parsippany

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    Webinar: MSNJ's MPMS Presents: Common Modifier Q&A

    Wednesday, April 30 at 12:00pm
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    Steven Stack, MD, Immediate Past Chair of the AMA will kick-off our conference on 5/2 Register http://t.co/KJQsivwgpp http://t.co/Vbn8x9olxC MSNJ CEO Larry Downs discusses how NJ doctors help spur the state's economy in this @nj1015 article: http://t.co/vbKkH45VKb MSNJ CEO Larry Downs talks about a new AMA report released yesterday & what it means for NJ in this @NJBIZ article: http://t.co/G6xrtOpcDa NEW LOCATION for our Physicians' Advocacy Conference on 5/2- the Crowne Plaza Princeton! Don't delay, register today: http://t.co/C7bHNzE7fP MSNJ CEO Larry Downs feat. today on @njspotlight about the release of Medicare billing data from 2012 on Wed. - http://t.co/V4IlL85ACh

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