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30 Mass. doctors split up $45 million from Medicare

Physicians say payments reflect the costs of drugs

Just 30 Massachusetts physicians — mostly ophthalmologists, oncologists, and dermatologists — were paid more than $45 million in a single year by Medicare, according to detailed new data intended to provide consumers, researchers, and fraud investigators with unprecedented information about the practices of individual doctors.

These 30 doctors received between $1 million and $3.1 million each in 2012 for treating elderly Medicare recipients. The amounts exclude what they were paid by private insurers and other government programs. More than half of these doctors are ophthalmologists, who accounted for less than 2 percent of providers in the state but received nearly 9 percent of the Medicare payments that year.

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