The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently evaluating options for a publicly reported benchmark for the Physician Compare website. Per the 2015 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, the Physician Compare Support Team is facilitating outreach to discuss more thoroughly potential benchmarking methodologies with stakeholders prior to finalizing a future proposal. The purpose of these Webinars is to discuss considerations, answer questions, and to allow stakeholders to contribute to the conversation regarding a publicly reported benchmark on Physician Compare.
The six sessions will be conducted via WebEx on Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19, 2015. You can register for a session by sending an e-mail to the Physician Compare support team at PhysicianCompare@Westat.com. Please use the subject line “Physician Compare Benchmark Discussion Webinar” and include your name, organization, telephone number, e-mail address, and preferred session. Please note all sessions will present the same information. Multiple times are offered to help best accommodate busy schedules.
The Webinars will be held at the following times:
February 18, 2015
Session one: 11:00 am ET/ 8:00 am PT
Session two:2:00 pm ET/ 11:00 am PT
Session three: 5:00 pm ET/2:00 pm PT
February 19, 2015
Session four: 10:00 am ET/ 7:00 am PT
Session five: 12:00 pm ET/ 9:00 am PT
Session six: 4:00 pm ET/ 1:00 pm PT
During these Webinars, the Physician Compare Support Team will present information about a potential publicly reported benchmark and address questions and comments. As this is an informal opportunity to be part of the conversation, we ask that all comments and questions be kept brief to allow the maximum number of voices to be heard.
Additional thoughts and suggestions can be emailed to PhysicianCompare@Westat.com. You will receive a response confirming that your message has been received. Please feel free to share the mailbox address with any other interested parties. This mailbox is public and will be maintained to receive on-going suggestions. However, all suggestions received by Tuesday, March 3, 2015 may be considered in development of the 2016 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule.
For more information about the Physician Compare, visit the Physician Compare Initiative page.
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