SAN FRANCISCO, April 21 (UPI) — Healthcare consumers in California can look up online how physicians scored on evidence-based performance measures, researchers said.
Officials at Blue Shield of California and the Pacific Business Group on Health said the new program allows the public to identify thousands of high-performing doctors and make more informed healthcare decisions.
David Lansky, president of Pacific Business Group on Health, said the performance results are drawn from data collected by the California Physician Performance Initiative, an initiative run by physician organizations, health plans, purchasers, consumers and health data experts to measure and report on the performance of California’s physicians.
The effort, which began in 2006, aggregates claims data of more than 5 million patients and 63,000 physicians. The organizations worked to measure the performance of 13,000 high-volume physicians on evidence-based healthcare quality standards.
Beginning June 1, physicians who scored above average in up to eight measures in preventive screening, diabetes and other categories will have a blue ribbon icon added to their Blue Shield online profile at: www.blueshieldca.com/findaprovider. The program is based only on medical data and does not consider cost information.
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