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Senators Push for Update on Health Care Delivery Form Website

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Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Arlen Specter (D-PA), sent a letter to Secretary Sebelius last week requesting an update on the status of developing Physician Compare, a website created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will allow Medicare beneficiaries to make more informed choices when selecting a Medicare provider. More informed beneficiaries will then seek out doctors who provide high quality, efficient health care services. The Physician Compare website was a vital health care delivery reform that was included in the ACA.

A copy of the letter is below:

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, and deadlines loom, we wanted to take this opportunity to bring your attention to an important delivery system reform provision scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2011.

During the health care reform debate we were successful in including Section 10331, Public Reporting of Performance Information, in the manager's amendment to the Affordable Care Act. The goals of this amendment were several: 1) make Medicare provider information more easily accessible for beneficiaries; 2) help inform beneficiary choice by publishing quality measures on Medicare providers 3) create incentives for providers to deliver effective, efficient, and high-quality care to Medicare beneficiaries; and 4) help move the Medicare payment system towards a value-based model by allowing beneficiaries to receive financial incentives by choosing high quality providers.

The first step in this process is creating Physician Compare, a website where beneficiaries can locate Medicare physicians and other eligible professionals, and where participation in the Physician Quality Reporting Initiative is public. Section 10331 of Public Law 111-148 requires this website be developed by January 1, 2011. We respectfully request confirmation from your office that the Department is on track to develop this website by the date required. Any update on its progress would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your continued attention and diligence in implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Sincerely,

JOSEPH LIEBERMAN
United States Senator

SUSAN COLLINS
United States Senator

ARLEN SPECTER
United States Senator


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