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New Physician Quality Information Available at Physician Compare; HAP’s Care in PA also Helpful

December 18, 2017

New Physician Quality Information at Physician Compare; HAP’s Care in PA also Helpful

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added new quality information to its Physician Compare website to help consumers make better health care decisions. Physician Compare provides information about physicians enrolled in Medicare.

Physician Compare allows consumers to search for local providers and compare their care against care provided by other clinicians. Consumers also can use the website to understand health care terms and review health care quality information. Consumers should know which quality activities health care providers participate in to improve care for their patients. Performance information tells potential patients whether the physicians are using the best recommended care practices. Patient survey scores gives also provide insight into what other patients thought about the physician’s care.

New measures in Physician Compare focus on the following specialties:

  • Behavioral health
  • Care planning
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Patient safety
  • Preventive care: Cancer screening
  • Preventive care: General health
  • Respiratory diseases

Additional information about Physician Compare, including details about clinical performance, can be found at CMS’ resource page.

The state’s hospital community provides Pennsylvanians with access to consumer-focused resources at their websites. The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s Care in Pennsylvania, a consumer-friendly website, also has useful Pennsylvania-specific resources for health care terminology, quality, and price information.

Care in Pennsylvania was released during December of 2016. Since then, Pennsylvanians have used the website to learn about health care in their communities. Using data from Hospital Compare and the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), Care in Pennsylvania allows Pennsylvanians to take a more active role in their health care decisions. Consumers have access to:

  • Evidence-based health care reports
  • Relevant quality and consumer assessment data
  • Information about outpatient, general acute, and post-acute health care facilities in Pennsylvania
  • Consumer-friendly guidance about health care terminology
  • Links to additional health care quality resources

The data provided at Care in Pennsylvania should be viewed as a snapshot of information, and should not be considered the only source of information. Care in Pennsylvania can be used to guide conversations with your local provider. HAP will continue to update this community resource as more current data becomes available.

HAP’s website is an example of the leading role Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems play in the health care transparency movement. Nearly half of all U.S. adults have difficulty understanding and using health information. HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems will continue to work with the Pennsylvania Library Association––Engage for Health–– and other stakeholders, such as the Department of Insurance, to provide information Pennsylvanians need to make well-informed health care decisions.

For more information, contact Phillip Burrell, HAP’s director, research and data analytics.

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