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Lack of Quality Information on Individual Providers on CMS Physician Compare Website

A new study suggests Physician Compare, a U.S. website created to help patients find high-quality doctors, is missing so much information on individual providers that it may not be helpful, writes Reuters Health. Physician Compare is the flagship effort by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (here). But while more than 1 million clinicians care for Medicare enrollees, only about 239,000, or 23 percent, had any quality information at all available on the Physician Compare website, researchers report in JAMA Internal Medicine. And virtually none of the doctors had data tied to their individual job performance.

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