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Federal Investigators Fault Medicare's Reliance on Doctors for Pay Standards
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June 1, 2015
"The [GAO] said Medicare officials usually accepted the recommendations they received from a committee of 31 doctors formed by the [American Medical Association] and medical specialty societies. Meetings of the panel, known as the Relative Value Scale Update Committee, are open to the public. But people who attend must sign a confidentiality agreement promising not to disclose information about the discussions."

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