Frequently Asked Questions

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Don’t physicians and other healthcare professionals have a privacy interest in the data in the Referring Provider DMEPOS PUF?

Prior to deciding to release physician and other healthcare professional’s payment information, as required by the FOIA and case law interpreting FOIA Exemption 6, CMS weighed the privacy interests of providers and other health care professionals and the public's interest in shedding light on Government activities and operations and has determined that the public's interest outweighs the privacy interests. For more information on this determination, please see CMS’s letter to the AMA, available here:

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