The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery responds to a news article, “Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts.”
Does anyone doubt that there is a quid pro quo when doctors earning millions of Medicare dollars write big checks to senators and political parties?
Ophthalmologists say treatments like cataracts operations tied to the aging population, and high drug costs for a popular drug for macular degeneration skew their Medicare reimbursements.
Many doctors said they favored the sharing of Medicare payment data but worried that it left out important details.
Dr. Salomon E. Melgen, who billed Medicare for $21 million in 2012, has been under scrutiny for his close relationship with Senator Robert Menendez.
The effects won’t be known for years, but Democrats will need to remind voters that many millions are already benefiting from the Affordable Care Act.
Medicare said that it planned to make available detailed information on what it pays individual physicians as soon as next week, despite the long-term resistance by the American Medical Association.
Democrats are talking up the contrasts between their agenda and the newly released Republican budget plan that would cut health care and education spending and change Medicare.