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April 10 (Bloomberg) — Doctors denounced the accuracy and value of data listing $77 billion in Medicare payments to 880,000 medical providers, while consumer and industry groups said it could make the health-care system more cost-effective.

The divergent views of Medicare’s first-ever release of U.S. payments to physicians suggested the impact may take years to play out. U.S. officials, meanwhile, said they may follow yesterday’s report on 2012 data by providing the same information from earlier years, a move that would help regulators and consumers trace changes in health care over time.

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