The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new quality data on Physician Compare. This release of newly available quality data includes 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) performance scores for group practices, individual physicians and other clinicians, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), as well as non-PQRS Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) data for individual clinicians. In addition to including these newly released data, CMS has completed the initial phase of a full, evidence-based, consumer-driven redesign of the Physician Compare website.
The Physician Compare website is part of an Administration-wide effort to increase the availability and accessibility of information on quality to help consumers make informed choices about the Medicare physicians and other clinicians they see, and encourage care improvements among clinicians. Specifically, CMS is releasing on Physician Compare profile pages:
- 90 individual clinician-level PQRS measures collected via claims and registry and 16 non-PQRS QCDR measures for approximately 175,000 individual clinicians,
- 91 group practice-level PQRS measures collected via the web interface and registry and 8 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS summary survey measures for approximately 2,500 group practices,
- 19 Shared Savings Program and Pioneer ACO measures for approximately 400 ACOs.