New quality measures have been added to Physician Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare/search.html) for group practices and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and, for the first time, individual health care professionals. These measures focus on the quality of care provided by Medicare physicians and other health care professionals. Hospital Compare (https://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html) includes information on more than 100 quality measures and over 4,000 hospitals. The website has been refreshed and updated to include new data and several new measures.
The 2014 data released yesterday on Physician Compare include:
- Additional performance scores on preventive care, diabetes, cardiovascular care, and patient safety by some group practices. CMS posted 2014 clinical quality of care measures for approximately 275 group practices who reported as part of Medicare’s quality reporting program, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). These quality measures show how well a group practice provides certain types of care to people with Medicare.
- New performance scores on patients’ experiences with some group practices. CMS posted measures for approximately 290 group practices who reported patient experience measures through the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS survey. The CAHPS for PQRS survey asks Medicare patients for feedback regarding their experiences getting care from their group practice.
- First set of individual health care professional performance scores on preventive care, cardiovascular care, and patient safety measures. CMS posted 2014 clinical quality of care measures for over 40,000 individual health care professionals who reported as part of PQRS.
- Updated performance scores for ACOs. CMS posted the 2014 clinical quality of care and patient experience measures for approximately 333 Shared Savings Program ACOs and 20 Pioneer ACOs.
The Affordable Care Act required the establishment of the Physician Compare website. The goal of the website is to help consumers make informed choices about the health care they receive from Medicare physicians and other health care professionals; publicly reporting this updated and new quality information will help further that goal. The first quality measures were added to Physician Compare in February 2014. Since then, the number of individuals, groups, and organizations reporting quality data has continued to increase.
The 2014 data released yesterday on Hospital Compare include:
- A new measure for the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program that shows whether a hospital uses safe surgery practices before administering anesthesia, before incision and closing, and prior to the patient leaving the operating room for inpatient surgical procedures.
- Additional data on certain healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Information on the Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) (NQF # 0139 and 0138) has been updated to include whether these HAIs occurred in patients not only in intensive care units, but also in medical, surgical, and combined medical and surgical ward locations.
For more information, please see the fact sheet on the Public Reporting of 2014 Quality Measures on the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare Websites (https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2015-Fact-sheets-items/2015-12-10.html).