Listen to today’s podcast here!
Recently, CMS and the health insurance industry collaborated on a set of ratings that determine how well physicians do their jobs. This consensus on how to measure doctor quality focuses on seven medical areas ranging from primary care services to the treatment of patients with AIDS or cancer. Some of the specific points within the agreement cover:
- How well primary care physicians control high blood pressure in patients
- How well physicians who treat heart failure patients prevent readmissions
- How successfully physicians keep HIV in check for patients
- The types of therapies that doctors use to treat different types of cancers
While these ratings will not be used right away, they are intended to have a significant impact on U.S. health care within the next few years.
These findings were published in the Washington Post on February 15, 2016.