Review Your Physician Compare Data Now
By David Doolittle

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could review Medicare’s online information about your practice before it becomes publicly available?

Well, if you participated in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2019 performance year, here’s some big news for you.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently opened its Doctors and Clinicians Preview Period, which allows you to check out your 2019 QPP performance data before its reported on Medicare Care Compare and in the Provider Data Catalog (PDC). CMS will close the preview period at 7 pm (CT) March 25.

Accessing the secured preview through the QPP website can be time-consuming, so you’ll want to review your information and check for errors as soon as possible.

If you participate in an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) instead, preview your performance information via your 2019 MIPS Performance Feedback Reports. A list of ACO performance information targeted for public reporting is available on the Care Compare: Doctors and Clinicians Initiative page.

The Physician Compare website and Provider Data Catalog, which are free and open to the public, allow Medicare patients and caregivers to find physicians and other clinicians. 

The Texas Medical Association has vigorously maintained that the QPP is not an indicator of quality care, but CMS nevertheless promotes the data to patients to help them choose a physician. Therefore, it’s a good idea to know what is being published about you so you can address it with patients should they ask.

For step-by-step guidance on how to preview your data before March 25, refer to this CMS guide .

If you have any questions, or if you need to report errors, contact CMS via email.

Last Updated On

March 23, 2021

Originally Published On

December 12, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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