If you accept Medicare patients, you may want to double check your information listed on the new Physician Compare website launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Jan. 1. Required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, the purpose of the website is to provide patients more information about physicians in their communities enrolled in Medicare.
Physician Compare expands the CMS physician directory by providing patients with information about quality of care and whether practices have reported data to the CMS
Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS, formerly PQRI). It also includes:
- Contact and address information
- Medical specialty
- Education and resident training
- Foreign languages spoken
- Whether or not a physician accepts Medicare
“Physician Compare moves us closer towards CMS’ goal to improve the quality of health care for people with Medicare in all the places where they receive care, including the doctor’s office,” said Donald Berwick, M.D., CMS administrator. “This helps to pave the way for consumers to have similar information about their physicians as they have for nursing homes, home health agencies, and health and drug plans.”
Later this year, information will be added on whether or not doctors prescribe medications electronically.
Additionally, the health reform law will require CMS to include more information about quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries by 2013.
Access the Physician Compare website here.
The Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) supplies data for the Physician Compare website.
If you have concerns about your information, call (866) 484-8049.
For concerns about PQRS data, call (866) 288-8912 or e-mail them.