11The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Care Compare, a streamlined redesign of eight existing Medicare health care quality comparison tools available on Medicare.gov. Care Compare provides a single, user-friendly interface that consumers and caregivers can use to make informed decisions about health care based on cost, quality of care, volume of services, and other data. With just one click, consumers can find information that is easy to understand about physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care services instead of searching through multiple tools.
Medicare Care Compare includes the following quality comparison tools:
- Physicians and clinical professionals.
- Nursing homes, including rehabilitation services.
- Home health services.
- Hospice care.
- Inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
- Long-term care hospitals.
- Dialysis facilities.
Previously, a Medicare beneficiary planning to have heart bypass surgery would need to visit Hospital Compare, Nursing Home Compare, and Home Health Compare individually to research provider organizations for the different phases of their surgery and rehabilitation. Now, beneficiaries can start their search at Care Compare to find and compare provider organizations that meet their health care needs that includes information about quality measures presented similarly and clearly across all provider organization types and care settings.
Medicare’s online compare tools have served as the cornerstone for publicizing quality care information for caregivers, consumers, and the health care community. The announcement builds on the eMedicare initiative to deliver simple tools and information to current and future Medicare beneficiaries. Drawing on lessons learned through research and stakeholder feedback, Care Compare includes features and functionalities that appeal to consumers. By offering a user-friendly interface and a simple design that is optimized for mobile and tablet use, it is easier to find information that is important to patients when shopping for healthcare. Enhancements for mobile use will give practical benefits like accessing the tool using a smartphone allows consumers to initiate phone calls to providers simply by clicking on the provider’s phone number.
Medicare Care Compare is online at https://www.medicare.gov/care-compare/ (accessed November 29, 2020).
This was reported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on September 3, 2020.
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