CHPI launches physician rating database
The California Healthcare Performance Information System has launched a new physician rating website.
CAqualityratings.org allows patients to compare approximately 12,000 Californian physicians. Physicians are rated on measures in their area of specialty, including how often they recommend medical tests and procedures.
“Access to physician information will help equip California consumers with the tools they need to make good health choices and be effective advocates for their own care,” said Liz Helms, president and CEO, California Chronic Care Coalition and CHPI board member.
Anthem Blue Cross of California, Blue Shield of California, UnitedHealthcare of California, and CMS provided data from over 10 million patients to create the database. The data is from 2014 and reflects information from insurance claims.
“These ratings are based on physician-led methodology to help drive further improvements in California’s healthcare system,” said Parag Agnihotri, MD, medical director, Continuum of Care, Sharp Rees Stealy Medical Group and chair, CHPI Physician Advisory Group. “The goal is to empower patients to have a conversation with their physician to increase communications and build trust — improving the overall care experience.”
Patients can see how often doctors performed tests or procedures as recommended and compare doctors to their peers.
Physicians were given the opportunity to review and correct their results.
CHPI has also published the Patient Assessment Survey since 2013 to assess patient experience with medical groups’ care and services.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly 60 percent of patients think online reviews are important when choosing a physician. But the majority of commercial physician-rating sites often don’t meet patients’ needs by not having enough providers in their database.
CHPI hopes to expand their database by getting more health plans to participate, including Medi-Cal, which covers roughly 30 percent of Californians.