Focus on quality: Profiling physicians’ practice patterns

Deborah W. Garnick, Jinnet Fowles, Ann G. Lawthers, Jonathan P. Weiner, Steve T. Parente, R. Heather Palmer

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Abstract

This article presents a physician practice profiling system developed using Medicare data to evaluate the quality of care provided by primary care physicians. We discuss four attributes to physicians’ practice profiles that make them useful for quality Improvement: flexibility, user involvement in developing profiles, explicit plans for evaluation, and fairness to groups of providers. This system serves as a model for physician profiling with a focus on quality of care measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-75
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Volume17
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1994

Keywords

  • Physician practice profiling
  • Primary care
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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