6 SD doctors got $1M Medicare payments in 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Recently released federal data show that six doctors in South Dakota each received more than $1 million in payments from Medicare in 2012.

The physician data was released earlier this month by the Obama administration, as part of a move to open the books on health care financing.

The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/1p2SGme ) that the data show that in 2012, Medicare paid 267 providers in South Dakota more than $97 million.

The American Medical Association opposed the release of the Medicare database, saying it might contain inaccurate information. The AMA says even if the payment amounts are correct, they do not provide meaningful insights into the quality of care.

Health care officials in South Dakota say the data fails to convey the complexities of a doctor's practice.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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