2016 Performance Scores are Now Available in the Physician Compare Downloadable Database

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June 1, 2018

Your 2016 performance scores are now available for download via Data.Medicare.gov. The Physician Compare Downloadable Database is a resource intended for clinicians and group representatives as well as third-party data users to provide useful information about clinicians and groups currently enrolled in Medicare.

Here's what you can find in the Downloadable Database:

  • 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures for clinicians and groups
  • 2016 Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS summary survey measures for groups
  • 2016 non-PQRS Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) measures for clinicians and groups
  • Subset of 2015 utilization data for clinicians

The 2016 performance scores for the group-level measures publicly reported as star ratings and those CAHPS for PQRS and non-PQRS QCDR measures that met the public reporting standards have also been updated on Physician Compare public-facing profile pages. Any cases that were suppressed due to an open Informal Review and were deemed suitable for public reporting are now available on the Physician Compare website. For more information about quality measures and public reporting, and a detailed list of the measures publicly available, visit the Physician Compare Initiative page.

Is your information up-to-date on Physician Compare?

The primary source for general information on Physician Compare is the Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS). To update your listing on Physician Compare, including practice location(s) and education information, you must first make sure your information in Internet-based PECOS is up to date. It can take up to 2 to 4 months for changes in PECOS to be reflected on Physician Compare. To learn more about which information can be updated via PECOS, and which information can be updated by contacting the Physician Compare support team, visit the Physician Compare Initiative page.

If you have additional questions about your listing on Physician Compare, contact the Physician Compare support team at PhysicianCompare@Westat.com.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.