Using primary care physician profiling software to assess the performance of physician specialists

The Foundation's Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program was designed to support research, demonstration, and evaluation projects examining major changes in health care financing.This transfer grant provides support to examine the feasibility of using episode-based physician profiling systems to evaluate the practice efficiency of physician specialists. The researchers will build on a Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program-funded project in which the project director examined seven profiling methodologies to assess primary care physicians' performance. The project will focus on two of the seven methodologies that were episode-based, Episode Treatment Groups and the MEDecision Practice Review System, to examine 15 (10 medical and 5 surgical) specialties. The purpose of this project is to determine whether the risk-adjustment methodologies used to generate reliable profiles in a primary care setting can be extended to specialists given the unique factors that arise in profiling specialty physicians.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $102,829.00

Awarded on: 6/24/2003

Time frame: 7/1/2003 - 6/30/2004

Grant Number: 48779


University of Southern Maine, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service

15 Baxter Boulevard
P.O. Box 9300
Portland, 04104-9300


J. William Thomas
Project Director