Providers Get Added Exposure On Physician/Hospital Compare Websites
Your practice is getting free public exposure, now more than ever. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced, December 10, several updates to the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare websites. Whether this is good news or bad news depends on your practice’s or facility’s performance in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) or Inpatient Quality Reporting Program (IQRP).
On Physician Compare
New quality measures have been added to the Physician Compare website for group practices and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and, for the first time, individual healthcare professionals.
2014 data released on the Physician Compare website include:
- PQRS performance scores on preventive care, diabetes, cardiovascular care, and patient safety for approximately 275 group practices.
- PQRS performance scores on patients’ experiences with their group practice, based on the approximate 290 group practices that reported on the measure through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey.
- PQRS performance scores on preventive care, cardiovascular care, and patient safety measures for approximately 40,000 individual healthcare providers.
On Hospital Compare
The Hospital Compare website has also been refreshed and updated to include new data and several new measures from the 2014 reporting period.
Prospective patients can now compare how well IQRP-participating hospitals practiced safety measures throughout the inpatient surgical procedure process in 2014. CMS has also expanded occurrence location data related to healthcare associated infection (HIA) rates for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (NQF 0138) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (NQF 0139) to include not just intensive care units, but medical and surgical wards, as well.
The Affordable Care Act required the establishment of the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare websites to increase transparency and aid consumers in making informed choices for healthcare providers.
For more information, see the CMS Fact Sheet.