New Physician Compare site debuts


Redesigned Physician Compare site debutsPhoto used with permission from Shuttershock.com

Physician Compare, a website that allows consumers to search and compare information about hundreds of thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals, has been redesigned with an improved search function and more frequently updated information. Physician Compare is housed on Medicare.gov, the official U.S. government site for Medicare.

Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the redesign on June 27.

“Nearly a million physicians and other health care professionals serve the Medicare population,” said Tavenner in a prepared statement. “This vastly improved website will provide new information in an improved, easy-to-use format.”

Physician Compare was improved based on user and partner feedback, as part of improvements in the Affordable Care Act, according to CMS. The redesign includes new information on physicians, such as:

  • information about specialties offered by doctors and group practices;
  • whether a physician is using electronic health records;
  • board certification; and
  • affiliation with hospitals and other healthcare professionals.

CMS said Physician Compare is also now connected to the most consistently updated database so that consumers will find the most accurate and up-to-date information available.

In 2014 quality data will be added, and this will help users choose a medical professional based on performance ratings, CMS noted.

Click here to access Physician Compare.

You can also click here to view a video highlighting the main features of the redesign.

Photo used with permission from Shuttershock.com.