A snafu related to CMS' Physician Compare online resource(www.medicare.gov) has earned physicians two extra weeks to preview their 2016 performance information before the public sees the data.
CMS opened what was meant to be a 30-day preview period on Oct. 18 to allow physicians to look at their data -- and catch any errors -- in advance of consumer viewing, which begins in December.
According to information posted on CMS' Physician Compare Initiative webpage,(www.cms.gov) this preview period -- initially scheduled to end on Nov. 17 -- has been extended to Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. EST.
"Due to a technical issue preventing the data from properly displaying in the preview portal … all data were not viewable for the first week of preview. This display issue has now been resolved," the agency noted in its online message.
Family physicians likely recall that CMS launched Physician Compare in late 2010 to fulfill a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It's been promoted as an online resource where consumers can search for physicians and other health care professionals who participate in Medicare.
The resource is intended to help patients make informed decisions when it comes to choosing their health care team.
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Questions regarding Physician Compare, public reporting, the preview period or errors in quality data can be sent via email to Westat, the company charged with maintaining the online resource and updating its information.