Physician Compare webinars yielded new nuggets of information

Health professionals and consultants discussing CMS news

Those who tuned in to last week’s informational CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) webinars picked up a few new nuggets of information. Although there were no real surprises, participants ensured that they stayed in the know about CMS news. After all, keeping up to date on consumer perceptions of performance is one of the best ways healthcare organizations can size up their standing in the marketplace and pinpoint strengths to build on and weaknesses to target.

What’s new?

Each of the one-hour webinars covered the same information.

  1. Starting October 12, CMS kicked off Physician Compare’s 30-day preview period. During the preview, which ends November 11, clinicians and group practices can take a sneak peek at their performance scores for select 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Services (CAHPS) for PQRS measures before they are reported publicly this December.
  2. This year, only eight of 12 CAHPS measures will be included in December’s publicly reported data. Scores from the remaining four dimensions did not meet CMS’ standards for validity, reliability, accuracy, and comparability, so they will be reported this year. To be included on public-facing profile pages, data also must resonate with customers, so the results will be published as the percent of top-box answers. To learn more about Physician Compare and how measures are tabbed for public reporting, visit the Physician Compare Initiative page.
  3. The best way to preview performance scores is to follow the Guide. The Guide to Physician Compare Preview Period contains step-by-step instructions for: learning if your organization has performance scores available for preview; previewing your performance scores; and getting answers to any questions you may have.

If you or your team has any questions about the webinars, the preview period or your performance scores, please contact us. That’s what we’re here for.