designed the survey, and its questions reflect the Institute of Medicine's evidence-based recommendations on what makes good primary care, Barbra Rabson, executive director of MHQP
, said in an interview.
Our overarching goal is to equip both patients and physicians with information they can use to improve the quality and outcomes of care," said Barbra Rabson, executive director of MHQP
Edward Westrick, vice president of medical management at UMass Memorial Health Care, said that transitioning more than 100 UMass medical offices to electronic medical records happened, in part, due to the results of past MHQP
The universe of potential study participants in Massachusetts consisted of 5,297 primary care physicians affiliated with one of the 69 entities that contract with one or more of the health plans participating in the MHQP
is partnering with ViPS as part of the multi-phase project, which is expected to be completed in 2008.
In the eight years that MHQP
has measured quality for medical groups, every measure has seen improvement.
Chase, interim chief medical officer at MHQP
member Fallon Community Health Plan, welcomed the report.
We cannot make improvements to our health care system without engaging the public," said Barbra Rabson, executive director of MHQP
is a coalition of health plans, doctors, hospitals, purchasers, consumers and government agencies working to improve the quality of health care services in Massachusetts.
Primary care physicians in Massachusetts are making strides to improve overall care by closing gaps in variation, according to MHQP
Almost 80,000 commercially insured patients responded to the statewide survey and reported overall improvements in several dimensions of the doctor-patient relationship, such as communication and knowledge of their patients, compared to prior MHQP
is a non-profit, broad-based coalition established in 1995 that measures and reports reliable physician performance information to help physicians improve the quality of care they provide their patients and help consumers take an active role in making informed decisions about their health care.