Quality Ratings Added to Physician Compare Website
for Medicare, Medicaid Patients
Diabetes and heart disease measures
among new quality ratings
Feb. 24, 2014 - The Physician
Compare website designed to help Medicare and Medicaid
patients make informed choices in finding physicians and
other health are professionals, has been enhanced by the
addition of quality measures to indicate the performance
achieved by hundreds of thousands of these care
providers in treating specific conditions.
The Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) said this is the first
time quality measures have been added to Physician
Compare, helps consumers make informed choices about
In the first year, 66 group
practices and 141 Accountable Care Organizations (ACO)
now have quality data publicly reported on Physician
Compare. The data are reported at the group practice
and ACO level.
The quality measures being added
Controlling blood sugar levels
in patients with diabetes.
Controlling blood pressure in
patients with diabetes.
Prescribing aspirin to patients
with diabetes and heart disease.
Patients with diabetes who do
not use tobacco.
Prescribing medicine to improve
the pumping action of the heart in patients who have
both heart disease and certain other conditions.
The provider ratings are displayed
using stars, which are a graphical representation of
performance on a measure. The actual percentage score
is also listed to the right of the star display. CMS
chose this system to make the information more usable
and easy to scan for consumers.
Physician Compare, created by the
Affordable Care Act, already includes information about
specialties offered by doctors and group practices;
board certification; and affiliation with hospitals and
other health care professionals.
“Patients and their families need
facts to help them in making important decisions about
health care, and choosing the right physician is one of
the most important decisions they face,” said CMS
Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
“This is an important first step in
publicly reporting quality measures on Physician
Compare," added Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS’s Chief Medical
Officer and Deputy Administrator for Innovation and
"Offering a strong set of meaningful quality
measures on the site will ultimately help consumers make
decisions and it will encourage quality improvement
among the clinician community, who shares CMS's strong
commitment to the best possible patient care.”
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