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Is Your Doctor in Prescriber Checkup?
Goal
Learn more about how prescribing practices impact patients
Overview
by Blair Hickman
ProPublica, May. 11, 2013, 8:53 pm

In 2010, Medicare’s popular drug program paid for 1.1 billion prescriptions written by 1.7 million doctors, nurses and other health care providers. Now for the first time, our Prescriber Checkup lets the public see who's prescribing what – and how they compare to others. 

Is your health provider in Prescriber Checkup? We’d love to hear what you think. Your insights will help inform our ongoing reporting on Medicare Part D. We promise we’ll keep the information you submit confidential.

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