Comparative Reports on Physicians

The following reports are examples of comparative information on the quality of care provided by medical groups and clinics, physician practices, and/or individual providers.

Report Title: Physician Compare

Web Site: https://www.medicare.gov/physiciancompare/. Accessed December 4, 2015.

Subject: Individual health care professionals, group practices, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

Developer: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Developer type: Federal government

Location: United States

Synopsis: Physician Compare presents information on the quality of care provided by individual health care professionals, group practices, and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) enrolled in Medicare. Performance scores are reported on the Web site for preventive care, care for chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and patient safety for some individual health care professionals, physician groups and practices, and ACOs. Patient experience scores are also reported for some physician groups and ACOs. Performance scores are displayed using stars—a graphical representation of performance on a measure—with five stars for the best performance and one star for the worst performance. Scores are also available in percent form.

Report Title: Healthcare Compass MA

Web Site: http://healthcarecompassma.org/. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Primary care practices

Developer: Massachusetts Health Quality Partners

Developer Type: Non-profit community coalition

Location: Massachusetts

Synopsis: Healthcare Compass MA provides information on clinical quality and patient experience to help consumers in Massachusetts to compare primary care practices. The Web site has results on the quality of care provided by over 550 doctors’ offices to patients with commercial insurance. Doctors’ offices that are included in this report must have at least three doctors and two measures with reliable clinical quality data, as well as patient survey responses that can be publicly reported. The clinical quality measures focus on whether the practices are providing appropriate preventive and chronic care services. Performance scores are reported on the Web site using symbols and numeric data.

Report Title: Get Better Maine

Web Site: http://www.getbettermaine.org/. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Adult and pediatric practices

Developer: Maine Health Management Coalition

Developer Type: Non-profit community coalition

Location:  Maine

Synopsis: Get Better Maine reports on the quality and costs of care provided by practices to adults and children in Maine. The Web site provides ratings in the following categories: use of effective treatments, use of methods to make care safer, patient experience and costs. For adult care, the site offers an overall rating of effective care as well as ratings specific to diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension care. For pediatric care, the site offers ratings for asthma care and immunizations in addition to the overall rating of effective care. Performance scores are reported on the Web site using word icons. This site also includes quality ratings for hospitals, practice groups and providers of care for mental health and substance abuse.

Report Title: Minnesota HealthScores

Web Site: http://www.mnhealthscores.org/. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Medical groups

Developer: Minnesota Community Measurement

Developer Type: Non-profit community coalition

Location: Minnesota

Synopsis: MNHealthScores provides information on the quality and costs of care provided by medical clinics in Minnesota. The Web site reports on clinical quality, patient experience, and the general cost of care for more than 1,900 clinics and 500 medical groups. Clinical quality measures are reported for asthma care, depression care, cancer screening, diabetes care, mental health screening, vascular care, and overweight counseling. The display of performance scores for each topic uses symbols for top, above average, average, and below average performance. Users can also view detailed numeric data, including the rate for each clinic or medical group and the statewide average rate for that measure.

Report Title: Community Checkup

Web Site: www.wacommunitycheckup.org. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Medical groups and clinics

Developer: Washington Health Alliance

Developer Type: Nonprofit health care collaborative

Location: Washington

Synopsis: Community Checkup reports on the quality of health care provided by medical groups and clinics across Washington State. The Web site provides scores on patient experience as well as several aspects of effective care, such as diabetes care, heart care, appropriate treatment for chronic conditions, use of prescriptive drugs, preventive care, and care for depression. The results are based on care provided to both commercially insured patients and Medicaid patients. Performance scores are reported on the Web site using word icons. This site also includes information on the quality of care provided by hospitals in Washington.

Report Title: Your Health Matters

Web Site: http://yourhealthmatters.org. Accessed December 9, 2015.

Subject: Primary care practices

Developer: The Health Collaborative

Developer Type: Non-profit health care collaborative

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Synopsis: Your Health Matters provides health care quality information on primary care practices in the Greater Cincinnati area. The ratings are based on patient survey results, diabetes care, cardiovascular health care, colon cancer screening, and high blood pressure care. Performance on clinical quality measures reflects the percent of patients who met all the goals of that measure. This site also offers ratings for hospitals in the area.

Report Title: HealthPartners Cost and Quality Ratings

Web Site: https://www.healthpartners.com/public/cost-and-quality/index.html. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Primary and specialty care clinics

Developer: HealthPartners

Developer Type: Health plan

Location: Minnesota

Synopsis: HealthPartners reports on the quality and costs of care from primary and specialty care clinics in Minnesota. Quality assessments are based on clinical quality and patients’ experiences. The quality measures address care for chronic conditions, preventive services, care for acute conditions, use of health information technology, generic prescribing, access to care, provider communication, and patient ratings of care. Quality ratings are displayed on a scale of one to four stars, with four stars indicating the highest level of performance. The cost assessment captures how effectively and efficiently medical groups use resources for their patients. The cost ratings are displayed on a scale of one to four dollar signs, with one dollar sign indicating more efficiency in diagnosing and treating conditions, lower fees for care, or both. HealthPartners also reports on the quality and cost of care at hospitals and same-day surgery centers in Minnesota.

Report Title:  Medical Group Report Card

Web Site: http://reportcard.opa.ca.gov/rc/medicalgroupcounty.aspx. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Medical groups

Developer: California Office of the Patient Advocate and California Healthcare Performance Information System

Developer Type: State agency

Location: California

Synopsis: The State of California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) in collaboration with the California Healthcare Performance Information System (CHPI) reports on the clinical performance of over 200 medical groups who provide care to commercial HMO health plan members in California. The report shows whether medical groups in California are meeting national standards for using effective treatments and providing recommended care. Medical groups are also rated based on patients’ experiences. Patients’ experiences are measured using the Patient Assessment Survey (PAS), which is administered by CHPI. Medical groups’ scores are displayed as star ratings, with four stars for excellent performance and one star for poor performance.

Report Title: Find A Doctor

Web Site: http://healthcare.utah.edu/fad/. Accessed December 9, 2015.

Subject: Individual physicians

Developer: University of Utah Health Care

Developer Type: Health system

Location: Utah

Synopsis: Find A Doctor reports patients’ assessments of the quality of health care provided by physicians at the University of Utah Health Care. The Web site has patients’ ratings of their physicians as well as patient comments. The patient rating score is an average of responses to survey questions about the care provided by the physician, using a scale of one (very poor) to five (very good). The scores are represented by one to five stars, with five stars being the best. The survey also collects patients’ comments. Physician satisfaction ratings are only available for physicians who have received a minimum of 30 returned surveys.

Report Title: Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (Angioplasty) in New York State

Web Site: http://www.health.ny.gov/statistics/diseases/cardiovascular/. Accessed December 9, 2015.

Subject: Cardiologists and hospitals

Developer:  New York Department of Health

Developer Type: State agency

Location:  New York

Synopsis: This report contains information on the readmission and mortality rates of patients who underwent percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in non-federal New York State (NYS) hospitals. Hospitals in NYS where PCI is performed provide information to the Department of Health for each patient undergoing those procedures. The report looks at the performance of cardiologists who performed 200 or more PCIs during the reporting period. Cardiologists who performed fewer than 200 PCIs but performed at least one PCI per year during the reporting period are grouped together in the hospital in which the procedure was performed.

Report Title: Virginia Health Information

Web Site: http://www.vhi.org/physicians.asp. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Subject: Obstetrics

Developer: Virginia Heath Information

Developer Type: Nonprofit community organization

Location: Virginia

Synopsis: The Virginia Health Information Web site provides consumers in Virginia with information on the quality and cost of obstetric care from doctors and hospitals. For each obstetrician, information is available on the facilities where the physician performed deliveries, total number of deliveries performed, expected and actual rate of cesarean, episiotomy rate, and hospital length of stay. For hospitals, obstetric information reported includes hospitals where babies are born, how many babies are born there, how often women have a cesarean for the first time, how often women have repeat cesarean, length of stay for new mothers, the average hospital charge and features or services available. Physicians and hospitals can also provide comments on their ratings that are available on the Web site. This site also offers information on cardiac care in hospitals.

Page last reviewed December 2016
Page originally created December 2016
Internet Citation: Comparative Reports on Physicians. Content last reviewed December 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cahps/consumer-reporting/rcc/physicians.html