The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a series of one-hour webinars about recent updates to the Physician Compare website and future plans for public reporting, including benchmark and star ratings.

The Affordable Care Act required CMS to create a website that would allow consumers to search for and compare physicians and other health care professionals who provide Medicare services. That site—the "Physician Compare" website, initially launched in 2010—provides contact information, specialties and clinical training, hospital affiliations, and group practice information.

In 2014, the website also began phasing in physician quality data from the Physician Quality Reporting System, including the Group Practice Reporting Option, the Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program and the Electronic Health Record Meaningful Use Program.

During each webinar, the Physician Compare Support Team will present information and then address participant questions. All sessions will present the same information.

Webinars will be conducted via WebEx at the following times:

  • Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 8 a.m.

To register, click here.

For questions, contact the ACCMA at 510-654-5383 or accma@accma.org.