One of the outcomes of enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was CMS' launch of its Physician Compare(www.medicare.gov) website at the end of that same year.
The site gives consumers a place to search for physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services. Among general physician information it displays are location and phone number, gender, group practice affiliation, clinical training background, hospital affiliation, and languages spoken.
As a resource intended to help consumers make informed decisions about who they want on their health care team, CMS thinks the website will create additional incentive for physicians to provide high-quality care.
In keeping with that vision, CMS began adding quality measures(www.cms.gov) data to the site in late 2014 to allow patients to see which physicians are satisfactorily participating in the agency's quality programs.
As part of that ongoing effort, CMS soon will add two new performance elements to the site:(www.cms.gov) the Achievable Benchmark of Care -- known as the ABC Benchmark -- and a five-star rating system for physicians.
To help explain these upcoming site components, CMS is hosting two webinars, each featuring the same content. The first of these will be on April 25(westat.webex.com) at 11 a.m. EDT, and the second will air April 27(westat.webex.com) at 3 p.m. EDT.
Each webinar is scheduled to last one hour; the Physician Compare support team will provide an opportunity for participants to ask the presenters questions at the end of the session.
The webinars are free, and registration is now open, so don't delay.
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