The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Baltimore, recently enhanced the Physician Directory tool at with new information about physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and other healh care professionals in their communities and the services those professionals provide.

The new site can be accessed at

The site is designed to help all patients—whether on Medicare or not—locate health professionals in their communities. The information on the site includes contact and address information for offices, the professional’s medical specialty, where the professional completed his or her degree and residency or other clinical training, whether the professional speaks a foreign language, and the professional’s gender.

In future years, the Physician Compare Web site will be expanded with information about the quality of care Medicare beneficiaries receive from physicians and the other health care professionals profiled on the site.

To learn more about the quality information CMS already collects through Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System, visit [removed][/removed].

[Source: CMS]