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Monday, September 22, 2008

SURVEY FINDS QUALITY-IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS DO LITTLE FOR A FEW

How many Texas physicians use health plan and government quality-improvement programs, and do they actually improve patient care? Not many and not much, according to a baseline survey we recently completed for TMA President Josie Williams, MD. Of all the programs surveyed, Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting Initiative showed the greatest participation, at just 30 percent of the 774 responding physicians. Programs physicians implemented as part of Maintenance of Certification requirements for certification renewal were the most effective; 54 percent reported they improved patient care.

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