The CMS will release physician payment data on a "case-by-case basis" after careful review of each request, according to officials. Care will be taken to weigh physician privacy concerns and prevent misuse of any data that is released, according to CMS principal deputy administrator Jonathan Blum. However, the American Medical Association and several other physician groups urged caution prior to the CMS announcement, citing concerns regarding limitations of the data, including that Medicare data is susceptible to misinterpretation and may represent only a small fraction of physicians' patients.

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