In April, the Obama administration released new data on Medicare payments to physicians and other health care professionals. The data &#8211; the most extensive release of physician payment data in Medicare's 50 year history &#8211; reveals charges and payments by provider.
The North Bay data, which was culled from a federal database detailing payments in 2012 to more than 800,000 providers across the country, includes information for more than 1,000 health care providers from 15 cities in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. Collectively, these local providers received more than $114 million in Medicare payments for services and procedures in 2012.
Note: Actual Medicare payment totals for the North Coast are higher than what is listed in the local data, which does not include every provider in the three-county region. Only incorporated cities were included. Also, for reasons of privacy, the federal database excluded procedures performed on 11 or fewer patients. Results also exclude medical suppliers, ambulance services and mass immunization providers, like Walgreens.