Doctors denounced the accuracy and value of data listing $77 billion in Medicare payments to 880,000 medical providers, while consumer and industry groups said it could make the health-care system more cost-effective.
A doctor who treats a degenerative eye disease in seniors was paid $21 million by Medicare in 2012, twice the amount received by the next ophthalmologist on a list of 880,000 medical providers released by the government.
Medicare paid almost 4,000 doctors and medical providers more than $1 million apiece in 2012, including seven who received more than $10 million. Eye doctors were among the highest compensated, including one Florida ophthalmologist who received $21 million.
The battle for control of a developing market for heart valves that can be inserted without open-heart surgery intensified today as Edwards Lifesciences Corp.’s second-generation product was found to outperform Medtronic Inc.’s device in a head-to-head comparison.
The U.S. House passed a one-year delay of a 24 percent payment cut to physicians who accept Medicare patients, with Republican leaders pushing the bill through in a move that masked trouble finding the votes for it.