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  • Medicare: The New Angie's List? Bloomberg News by Mindy Yochelson — Should an official Medicare website let beneficiaries air their opinions of doctors and other health care professionals? The Medicare agency says there's clamor for this. Patient and caregivers "regularly ask for more information from patients like them in their own words," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) said in a proposed rule. The website in question is called Physician Compare. The CMS said it's considering adding results from five open-ended questions about beneficiaries' experiences with medical professionals. Medical groups say reviews could unfairly damage a medical practice's reputation. Consumers reading the narrative responses online won't have any context from which to make accurate judgments. This could include the type of environment in which they experienced care, the type of caseload the facility and its providers were facing, one medical group said.

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