The Wall Street Journal Takes Legal Action To Open Medicare Database
The Wall Street Journal: Journal Files Suit To Open Medicare Database
The publisher of The Wall Street Journal filed suit Tuesday to overturn a decades-long court order barring public access to a confidential Medicare database it says is essential to rooting out fraud and abuse in the government health-care program. The American Medical Association, the doctors' trade group, successfully sued the government in 1979 to keep secret how much money individual doctors receive from Medicare, and the ruling still stands (Adams, 1/26).
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