Medicare: Per Capital Method Can be Used to Profile Physicians and Provide Feedback on Resource Use

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DIANE Publishing, 2010 - 52 pages
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Evaluates the per capita methodology for profiling physicians -- a method which measures a patient's resource use over a fixed period of time and attributes that resource use to physicians -- in order to assist with the development of a physician feedback approach. It examines: (1) the extent to which physicians in selected specialties show stable practice patterns and how beneficiary utilization of services varies by physician resource use level; (2) factors to consider in developing feedback reports on physicians' performance, incl. per capita resource use; and (3) the extent to which feedback reports may influence physician behavior. This report focused on 4 medical specialties and 4 metro. areas chosen for their geographic diversity. Illustrations.

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