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No later than January 1, 2011, the Secretary of HHS is required to develop a Physician Compare website containing information on physicians and certain other eligible professionals enrolled in the Medicare program.

No later than January 1, 2013, the Secretary of HHS is also required to implement a plan for making publicly available through the Physician Compare website information on physician performance that provides comparable information for the public on quality and patient experience measures. Such information, to the extent practicable, shall include—

  • measures collected under the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative;
  • an assessment of patient health outcomes and the functional status of patients;
  • an assessment of the continuity and coordination of care and care transitions, including episodes of care and risk-adjusted resource use;
  • an assessment of efficiency;
  • an assessment of patient experience and patient, caregiver, and family engagement;
  • an assessment of the safety, effectiveness, and timeliness of care; and
  • other information as determined appropriate by the Secretary.