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Research Letter
January 2017

Characteristics of Medicare Payments to Dermatologists in 2013

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(1):95-97. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.3948

Dermatologists provide many types of medical and procedural services, yet little is known about how Medicare payments to dermatologists vary by the type of service performed. In April 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (POSPUF).1 For the first time, the public had access to Medicare payments to health care professionals. Although these payments are not sufficient to determine value, physician payments are part of the value equation and will be a continued source of scrutiny. This study examines the characteristics of Medicare payments to dermatologists.

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