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Physician Compare Initiative

Welcome to the Physician Compare Initiative webpage. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides this site to give physicians and other health care professionals the latest resources and information about Physician Compare, a website designed to help consumers make informed choices about the health care they receive through Medicare.

What's New?

2014 PQRS Quality Measures Preview Period is Extended!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the preview period for the 2014 quality measures that will be reported on Physician Compare later this year. Individuals and group practices can now preview their quality measures until November 16, 2015. You can access the secured measures preview site through the PQRS portal—Provider Quality Information Portal (PQIP).

The extended preview period provides additional time for individual eligible professionals and group practices to review their 2014 measures before they are publicly reported on Physician Compare. Refer to the Guide to Measure Preview for instructions on previewing your measures. If you have any questions, please contact the Physician Compare Support Team at

How will your measures appear on Physician Compare?

When you preview your measures in PQIP, they will appear as they will be publicly reported on Physician Compare. Quality measure data are displayed on Physician Compare in plain language. The performance rates are displayed as stars and percentages. The plain language measure titles, descriptions, and display are tested with consumers to ensure that they are accurately interpreted.

The following documents provide a crosswalk between the technical measure title and the plain language measure title that will appear on Physician Compare.

CAHPS for PQRS measures are reported as top box scores. The top box score represents the percentage of responses in the most positive response categories (typically the “Always” category for most CAHPS for PQRS questions). Physician Compare publicly reports top box scores based on AHRQ’s reporting recommendation, as the top box score is easier to explain and for consumers to understand.

The Physician Compare preview period ends on Monday, November 16, 2015. Additional information is available below in the "Downloads" box. If you have any questions, please contact the Physician Compare Support Team at  


Contact Physician Compare

Do you have questions, suggestions, or other feedback for Physician Compare? Then contact the Physician Compare team at