ACC President Comments on CMS's Plan to Release Physician Payment Information

Contact: Stephanie Abraham,, 202-375-6296

American College of Cardiology President Dr. Patrick T. O’Gara, FACC made the following statement today regarding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plan to release physician payment information next week:

“Publication of physician payment data without risk adjustment or description of the context will not be helpful to patients and may even lead to inaccurate and misleading conclusions. The American College of Cardiology is disappointed and troubled that CMS has chosen to release granular physician payment data without providing physicians the opportunity to review to ensure accuracy. The ACC supports price transparency across all aspects of the health care system, but we fear this information can be easily misinterpreted without a complete understanding of patient complexity and the cumbersome Medicare billing system.”

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