Here’s a tough assessment of doctor-ratings schemes by my buddy Joe Paduda of blog Managed Care Matters:
“Some physicians and physician groups are quite upset about insurers’ recent moves to offer employer customers tight, small networks of providers based on quality and cost criteria. In an effort to block these new plans, the AMA and other groups are focusing on the few problems with ratings and avoiding the larger issue – some physicians are just bad actors.”
What they should be doing is working closely with health plans and regulators to ensure the rating process is transparent, fair, and objective.”
I’m not sure I agree with Joe, though he is, to be sure, a guy one should take very seriously when it comes to healthcare strategy. I think a lot of the talk about “quality” is just an excuse to squeeze out expensive or challenging doctors and practices. But what about you?