This seems to be a positive development.

WASHINGTON — Picking a specialist for a delicate medical procedure like a heart bypass could get a lot easier in the not-too-distant future.
The government announced Monday that Medicare will finally allow its extensive claims database to be used by employers, insurance companies and consumer groups to produce report cards on local doctors — and improve current ratings of hospitals.
Odd, however, that the liberal media burried the lead:

Following appeals from lawmakers of both parties on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul changed federal law to explicitly authorize release of the information. Medicare followed through in regulations issued Monday.

Employer groups welcomed the new policy.