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Physician Compare Initiative

Welcome to the Physician Compare Initiative webpage. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides this site to give physicians and other clinicians 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

2017 QPP Performance Information is Now Available on Physician Compare

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added new performance information to the Physician Compare website.  

Medicare patients and caregivers are able to use the Physician Compare website to search for and compare clinicians and groups who are enrolled in Medicare, as shown in this patient story video. The overarching goals of Physician Compare are, 1) to help people with Medicare make informed health care decisions and, 2) to incentivize clinicians and groups to maximize their performance. Publicly reporting 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information will help further those goals. 

Specifically, the 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information on Physician Compare profile pages for Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians and groups includes:

  • 12 MIPS quality measures reported by groups and displayed as measure-level star ratings on group profile pages;
  • 8 Consumer Assessment for Healthcare Provider and Systems (CAHPS) for MIPS summary survey measures displayed as top-box percent performance scores on group profile pages; 
  • 6 Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) quality measures reported by groups and displayed as percent performance scores on group profile pages;
  • 11 QCDR quality measures reported by individual clinicians and displayed as percent performance scores on individual clinician profile pages.

The 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information will be available in the Downloadable Database when it is released. 2017 Medicare Shared Savings Program and Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) performance information will be publicly reported on Physician Compare ACO profile pages.

Learn more about how Quality Payment Program performance information is selected for public reporting on Physician Compare in the Quality Payment Program and Physician Compare Factsheet: What You Need to Know for Performance Year 2017

Visit the Physician Compare Initiative page for more specific information about which 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information have been added to Physician Compare profile pages for MIPS eligible clinicians and groups: 

Additional information about Physician Compare star ratings can be found in the Physician Compare Benchmark and Star Ratings Fact Sheet and 2017 Physician Compare Group Star Rating Cutoffs document.

If you have any questions about Physician Compare or the 2017 Quality Payment Program performance information, please contact us at PhysicianCompare@Westat.com.



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Do you have questions, suggestions, or other feedback for Physician Compare? Then contact the Physician Compare support team at PhysicianCompare@Westat.com.