Study: Physicians With More Poor and Minority Patients Received Lower Performance Ratings

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A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed physicians who see more socially disadvantaged and nonwhite patients received overall lower-quality performance ratings, while physicians who see fewer of these patients received higher ratings.

The study showed that physicians with the highest rankings on Health Plan Employer and Data Information Set measures had significantly fewer minority, uninsured or non-English-speaking patients than those with the lowest rankings.

Patients of physicians in the bottom performance tertile were generally older, had a higher number of comorbidities and made more frequent visits to their primary care provider.

Read the abstract of "Relationship Between Patient Panel Characteristics and Primary Care Physician Clinical Performance Rankings" in the Journal of the American Medical Association

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