Understanding Efforts to Promote Lower-Cost Physicians

May Be Based on Misleading Profiles – According to Rand Study

By Staff Reporters

It is increasingly common for insurance plans to encourage patients to receive care from physicians who keep medical costs lower. However, this ethos may be based on unreliable estimates of doctor performance and may not achieve the intended savings, according to a new RAND Corporation press release and study.

PR Link: http://www.rand.org/news/press/2010/03/17/?ref=homepage&key=t_doctor_cash

About the Study

Funding for the study was provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. Other authors of the study are Elizabeth A. McGlynn PhD of RAND, Dr. Ateev Mehrotra of RAND and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and J. William Thomas of the University of Southern Maine.

About Rand Health

RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, is the nation’s largest independent health policy research program, with a broad research portfolio that focuses on quality, costs and health services delivery, among other topics. RAND Health is the developer of COMPARE (Comprehensive Assessment of Reform Efforts), a one-of-a-kind online resource that provides objective analysis about national health care reform proposals. Visit www.randcompare.org to learn more.

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