Treatment quality data vital to informed choices

Greenwald, Judy
June 2004
Business Insurance;6/28/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 26, pT11
Giving employees the ability to knowledgeably select physicians and hospitals based on cost and quality is a critical component of consumer driven health care. Yet, while significant data is available on hospitals, information on physicians is lagging seriously and it may be some time before it is adequately developed. But efforts are under way to rectify the situation and in the meantime, health care plans are developing alternative approaches to ensure informed, quality care, including educating employees about established treatment procedures for their particular conditions and encouraging them to seek second opinions.


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