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Navigating the Medicare data flood

Tabitha M. Powledge reviews coverage of the big data release detailing Medicare payments to doctors and find some things to like behind the headlines: "Most writers focused, not surprisingly, on the most eye-popping payments. Heaven knows there were great riches to choose from. But many writers also dove a little deeper." Some big recipients had innocent explanations — including reimbursements for expensive drugs — but even those raised some questions, Powledge says.