On Wednesday, the federal government released a massive trove of Medicare data showing how much some 880,000-plus U.S. healthcare providers were paid for their services in 2012. Fully mining the data will take months or years, but using the data to compile a list of the top Medicare billers took mere minutes.
PFrankoZeitz Opthalmology, apparently, is where the big Medicare money is.
Texas doesn't have any villains quite as convenient as Dr. Salomon Melgen, a West Palm Beach ophthalmologist who both received $21 million in Medicare payments and looks vaguely sinister in pictures, but it does have its fair share of doctors and lab that annually bill the federal government for millions of dollars.
The Wall Street Journal, among others, has put the data into a searchable database, which allows sorting by state and city.More »