July 10—A proposed rule outlines the next phase of physician performance reporting via Physician Compare: expansion of reporting to include all measures collected through the group practice reporting option (GPRO) for groups of all sizes and for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. 

The data would include performance rates for measures included in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) GPRO web interface that met the minimum sample size of 20 patients and that prove to be statistically valid and reliable, according to the proposed rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week. 

CMS will provide a 30-day preview period prior to publication of quality data on Physician Compare so that group practices and ACOs can view in advance their data as the data will appear on Physician Compare. CMS also proposes to publicly report certain measures that groups report via registries and electronic health records for the 2014 PQRS GPRO. 

CMS has begun to collect patient experience survey data for group practices participating in the PQRS GPRO and ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, beginning with 2013 survey data. CMS intends to publicly report these measures on Physician Compare in 2014 for data collected for CY13 for group practices with 100 or more eligible professionals participating in the PQRS GPRO through the GPRO web interface and for ACOs reporting through the GPRO web interface. 

Publication Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013