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Published 8/1/2013

CMS Redesigns Physician Compare Website

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled its redesigned Physician Compare website (www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare), which allows consumers to search and compare physician and other healthcare providers who are enrolled in Medicare. The redesign was undertaken to improve the accuracy and currency of the information as well as the usability and functionality of the site. CMS sought feedback from both users and healthcare professionals/partners to ensure that the redesign enhanced functionality and included useful information.

Three members of the AAOS Health Care Systems Committee—Daniel M. Adair, MD; Samuel G. Agnew, MD; and Alexandra E. Page, MD—worked with the contractor responsible for the site’s redesign. They were tasked with developing a comprehensive list of terms that patients might use in searching for an orthopaedic surgeon. The trio reviewed a list of 563 terms, recommending deletions and additions, to produce a final list of 811 terms.

The redesigned website debuted in June and includes the following information:

  • specialties offered by doctors and group practices
  • use of electronic health records
  • board certification
  • affiliation with hospitals and other healthcare professionals

In addition to general demographic information, the website also notes a physician’s participation in the following programs:

  • Physician Quality Reporting System
  • Group Practice Reporting Option
  • Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program
  • Electronic Health Record Incentive Program

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