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Physician Compare website redesigned to aid consumers

On June 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that Physician Compare, a website that allows consumers to search and compare information about hundreds of thousands of physicians and other health care providers, has been redesigned to make the site easier to use and provide new information for consumers, including an improved search function.

The Physician Compare website is being improved based on user and partner feedback and includes new information on physicians, such as:
  • Information about specialties offered by physicians and group practices
  • Board certification
  • Affiliation with hospitals and other health care professionals
  • Indication on whether a physician is using electronic health records
Physician Compare is also now connected to a consistently updated database so that consumers can 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.

"Nearly a million physicians and other health care professionals serve the Medicare population," said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. "This vastly improved website will provide new information in an improved, easy-to-use format." See the Physician Compare website here: more

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