Preview Your PQRS Performance Scores Before They Go Public

Later this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publicly report performance scores on a subset of quality measures on the Physician Compare website. These scores are based on quality data submitted to the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2014. Starting Oct. 5, CMS will provide physicians with a 30-day window to preview their scores before they go public, so mark your calendars and act soon, as the preview period ends Nov. 16.

If your performance scores are incorrect or if you have questions about your quality data, contact Physician Compare by email. For complete details about the Physician Compare Initiative, visit the CMS website

CMS launched Physician Compare in 2010 to help patients make informed decisions about physicians who take part in Medicare and to create incentives for physicians to maximize performance. Physician Compare first contained demographic information about participating Medicare physicians and other health care organizations and professionals. But, now, CMS collects quality data from several programs and publicly reports that information on Physician Compare.

According to CMS, not all physicians will have performance scores posted on the website. To find out if you or your group practice will have publicly reported measures available on Physician Compare, refer to these CMS flowcharts. (See page 1 for group practices and page 2 for solo physicians.) For step-by-step guidance on how to preview your performance scores, refer to the Physician Compare Measure Preview guide. 

Find more PQRS tools, and information from TMA in the PQRS Resource Center.

Action, Oct. 1, 2015

Last Updated On

March 04, 2019