How doctors select their...doctors!

In a recent Forbes interview with The Leapfrog Group CEO Leah Binder, Marty Makary, MD explains how he selected a doctor for his father's surgery—and offers tips for patients making similar choices for themselves and their families.  According to the Forbes site, Makary says patients should investigate a hospital using CMS's Hospital Compare site, Leapfrog's Hospital Safety Score, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons reports, online reviews, patient satisfaction survey results, and the surgeon's credentials.

The Forbes article is part two of an interview with Dr. Marty Makary, author of Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.

Those with insurance more likely to use preventive services, also spend more on healthcare

The Oregon Health Study, the first randomized controlled experiment to examine the effects of having some type of insurance coverage versus having no insurance at all, has found that while those with insurance report feeling healthier, happier and more financially stable, they also spend 25% more on healthcare than those with no insurance, according to an article in the New York Times.
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CMS sends cost and quality reports to physicians

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent out twenty thousand “Resource Reports” to physicians in the midwest, which show the amount their patients cost on average as well as the quality of the care they provided, according to an article by Kaiser Health News and the Washington Post.
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CMS physician quality reporting and eRx incentive payments have increased since 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services results for the 2010 Physician Quality Reporting System and the 2010 Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program show significant increases in participation and incentives paid to eligible health care professionals since 2009, according to a press release.
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