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U.S. Physicians in Four Specialties Spend $15 Billion Annually Reporting Data to Insurance Providers

Physician practices in the United States spend 15 hours a week — at a cost of more than $15 billion each year — to report data about the quality of patient care to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers. While there is much to gain from measuring healthcare quality, the investigators say their findings highlight critical inefficiencies in the reporting system that cost practitioners time and money.

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