The Wisconsin Business Group on Health recently commissioned an analysis of millions of medical claims to gauge the performance of primary care physicians in Wisconsin, including specialisms in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics.
The purpose of the study was to analyze how 3,760 primary care physicians provided care and performed on accepted quality measures for 26 medical conditions in Wisconsin, writes Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The conditions included in the study were high-blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, coronary heart disease, obesity, depression and other mood disorders.
The study found that an estimated 35% of the physicians provided below average care and an estimated 21% provided care that was more costly than the average for their counterparts. The cost was based on an episode of care and included emergency department visits, hospitalizations, labs, prescription drug and imaging tests.
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin doctors could reduce health care costs while improving quality of care, study says. Dec 4 2019