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Will Using Medicare Data to Rate Doctors Benefit Patients?

Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD
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Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-0066.

Requests for Single Reprints: Rachel M. Werner, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1230 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104; e-mail, mailto:rwerner@upenn.edu.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: R.M. Werner.

Drafting of the article: R.M. Werner.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: R.M. Werner.

Final approval of the article: R.M. Werner.

Obtaining of funding: R.M. Werner.

Administrative, technical, or logistic support: R.M. Werner.

From the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(7):532-533. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-7-201204030-00396
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On 5 December 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it will make its claims data available to rate health care providers on their quality of care so that consumers can make more informed choices. Many have hailed this as an important and necessary step to improve health care in the United States. This commentary discusses the data release and asks whether it could achieve the goal of increasing competition, accountability, and quality while lowering costs.



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