The Feasibility of Collecting Data on Physicians and Their Practices

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Mathematica conducted a feasibility study identifying critical issues on physician behavior and physician practices faced by public and private policymakers.

To monitor the health care system and assess the impact of reforms, policymakers and researchers must have access to better data on physicians and their practices. Accurate and timely information on physicians is essential to understanding how the health care system is functioning, identifying potential problems, and assessing programmatic and policy reforms. For example, components of the Affordable Care Act seek to transform the health care system by enhancing the role of primary care physicians in care management, rewarding physicians and other providers for high-quality, efficient care, improving information for evidence-based care, and promoting local delivery system changes to improve care. Physicians and their practices are integral to these initiatives, so understanding how they practice and how they respond to policy and economic incentives can be key to the success of such reforms.

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Eugene Rich

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