Physician groups and insurance companies have formed an alliance to amicably rank doctors, according to The New York Times on April 1.
Insurance companies have been ranking doctors for some time, but critics have charged that the companies focus too much on costs and not enough on care quality.
Groups such as the AMA and the American College of Surgeons have teamed with health insurers such as Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth and WellPoint. The trade group America’s Health Insurance Plans has given its blessing to the pact, as have the AARP, the AFL-CIO and the Leapfrog Group.
One goal of the ranking system is to bring uniformity to the disjunct system now in place. The project is called the Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting and Tiering Programs.