Jun 13, 2011

TMA Asks AMA Help on Physician Compare Website

The Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association is taking Resolution 718 – passed last month by the TMA House of Delegates – to the 2011 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The AMA House convenes Saturday in Chicago.

This resolution asks AMA to push the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop fair and accurate ranking measures to use on the CMS Physician Compare Website. It also asks AMA to advocate that CMS develop an appeals process for physicians to use before any information is posted to the site.

A study by the RAND Corp. published in the New England Journal of Medicine >indicated that up to two-thirds of physician ratings by carriers are incorrect and that current methods for profiling physicians with respect to costs produce misleading results.

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