In a recent post on its official blog, CMS announced it will provide “unprecedented access” to information on services delivered by individual physicians and certain other health care professionals in 2012, as well as the amount Medicare paid them for those services.  The CMS blog post followed letters to the American Medical Association and Florida Medical Association summarizing the same policy.  While limitations to what is released will take into account patient privacy, CMS noted that the public’s interest in the physician information outweighs the physicians’ privacy interest with respect to the payment data CMS plans to make publicly available.