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Despite AMA protests, CMS posts new quality data for physicians

Despite protests from the American Medical Association (AMA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new performance scores for about 60% of compliant physicians. Results were published on the CMS Physician Compare website and scores were based on performance on screenings and preventive care for chronic conditions. The AMA argues that the CMS data is incomplete and may cause undue concern amongst patients who do not see scores for their physician. Physicians could choose to send data to CMS but in some instances the process failed, leading to compliant physicians lacking data on the CMS website. The CMS Physician Compare website may be found here.