January 28, 2020
Seema Verma, the Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced in a blog post the agency’s plan to consolidate its eight current consumer-facing Medicare quality databases to one comprehensive tool for beneficiaries. The agency anticipates this new tool will be active in the spring.
This new “Medicare Care Compare” tool will consolidate the current hospital, nursing home, home health, dialysis facility, long-term care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation facility, physician, and hospice quality comparison tools on Medicare.gov. The agency believes this new comparison tool will provide beneficiaries with a more intuitive platform to compare the quality of care across all settings. Additionally, CMS announced the development of an improved portal for researchers and stakeholders to access more detailed quality data.
While CMS is updating how the quality information is accessed by beneficiaries, the data required for reporting will not be changed. CMS has indicated they will be collaborating with stakeholders in the coming months to incorporate feedback into the comparison tool.
More information about the current quality comparison tools can be found on the Medicare website.