(HealthDay News) — Data for quality measures have been added to Physician Compare, the website that helps consumers search for information about physicians, according to a report published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Physician Compare was created as part of the Affordable Care Act to help consumers make informed choices about their care. The website includes data from 66 group practices and 141 Accountable Care Organizations.

The website already contains information about specialties offered by doctors and group practices, board certification, and affiliation with hospitals and other health care professionals. The quality measures being added include controlling blood glucose levels and blood pressure in patients with diabetes; prescribing aspirin to patients with diabetes and heart disease; and prescribing medications to improve heart health for patients with heart disease and specific comorbidities.

“This is an important first step in publicly reporting quality measures on Physician Compare,” Patrick Conway, M.D., chief medical officer and deputy administrator for Innovation and Quality, said in a statement. “Offering a strong set of meaningful quality measures on the site will ultimately help consumers make decisions and it will encourage quality improvement among the clinician community, who shares CMS’s strong commitment to the best possible patient care.”

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