Update: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the Physician Compare Preview period to Monday, Jan. 7.
Original story: Wouldn’t
it be nice if you could review Medicare’s online information about your
practice before it becomes publicly available?
you participated in Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP) for the 2017
performance year, have I got news for you.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently opened its
Physician Compare preview period, which will allow you to check out your 2017
QPP performance data and 2016 clinician utilization data before it’s publicly
reported on Physician Compare in early 2019.
close the preview period on Dec. 31, so you’ll want to review your information
and check for errors as soon as possible.
The Physician Compare website,
which is free and open to the public, allows Medicare patients
and caregivers to find physicians and other clinicians.
quality programs were consolidated into the Merit-Based Incentive
Payment System (MIPS) under the QPP, your Physician Compare profile
page also will include 2017 MIPS data.
preview applies to individual clinicians and group practices that submitted
MIPS and/or Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (patient
experience) survey data for the 2017 QPP performance year.
Compare also will contain a downloadable database that will include clinician
utilization data for a subset of Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System
(HCPCS) codes. This data set is based on the top five HCPCS codes reported by
each available Medicare specialty, excluding evaluation and management codes. This
particular preview applies to all physicians and other clinicians who provided Medicare
Part B services in 2016 and are still providing services to Medicare patients. Note
that this data set is completely separate from MIPS data under the QPP.
2017 QPP data
are available through the QPP portal. Once
you sign in, you’ll be able to preview your information as it will appear to
the public on Physician Compare, such as star ratings and percentages. You may
see 2016 clinician utilization data either through the QPP portal or the data set currently on the CMS.gov website. You also can use the look-up tool.
because CMS plans to use a phased approach to public reporting, some physicians
may see only part of their data on Physician Compare.
step-by-step guidance on how to preview your data before Dec. 31, refer to this
CMS guide and the Physician Compare Initiative website.
have any questions, or if you need to report errors, email PhysicianCompare[at]Westat[dot]com.