Doctor Performance Gets a Checkup

Are you receiving quality care? How would you know? With a grant from RWJF and in collaboration with AF4Q communities, Consumer Reports published information comparing the quality of doctors in three states.

    • January 11, 2013

Patients generally don't practice medicine, so it can be hard for them to know just what constitutes high-quality care. In the absence of easy to understand, objective information, health care consumers might never know how well their physicians measure up.

RWJF is a national leader in showing how information on the quality of care that local doctors provide can be made transparent to consumers. Through Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), RWJF’s signature effort to improve the quality of care in 16 targeted communities, local alliances disseminate reports that compare the quality of care delivered by local providers. These reports help physicians and hospitals identify areas for improvement; guide consumers’ decisions in choosing high-quality providers; and offer employers and insurers objective information on the quality of care being delivered.

In three states—Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Minnesota—RWJF worked with the AF4Q alliances and Consumer Reports to produce special publications that leverage local data on provider performance for maximum use by area consumers.

Check out the reports that resulted form the partnership below.

Wisconsin Report

Wisconsin Report

Consumer Reports collaborated with RWJF and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality to publish information on 19 provider groups statewide. Combined, the groups serve nearly half of the state's patients.

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Minnesota Report

Minnesota Report

Collaborating with Minnesota Community Measurement, Consumer Reports evaluated how well patients controlled two well-known killers—cardiovascular disease and diabetes—using quantifiable measures collected and reported on by physician practices.

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Massachusetts Report

Massachusetts Report

In the Bay State, Massachusetts Health Quality Partners and Consumer Reports included information on nearly 500 adult and child primary care practices. The report includes data on patient experience.

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