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Apr092011

Bipartisan Senate Bill Calls for Medicare Database

Tom Williams / Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill that would disclose to the public the amount of money physicians receive from Medicare for treating patients.

The Medicare Data Access for Transparency and Accountability Act would override a 1979 court injunction keeping government from revealing those numbers.

Grassley and Wyden said they hope the bill will lead to more oversight of Medicare spending which could help the media and public spot Medicare fraud and waste.

“Hiding information on how taxpayer dollars are being spent is not something we do in this country. Moreover, if taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly there is no reason to hide,” Wyden said in a statement released this week.

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