CMS has announced plans to launch a database to compare the quality and price of health care services for Medicare beneficiaries (Health Data Management story).

Performance Measurement and Reporting System will be designed to offer
physician-level performance results via a Web site and other methods of
data dissemination. CMS will analyze deidentified Medicare claims to
determine performance, as well as rely on existing public performance
data from provider organizations.

The new rule will go into effect next month.