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Measuring Quality: Are We Ready To Compare the Quality of Care among Physician Groups?

John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington, DC 20007

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Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(2):153-154. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-136-2-200201150-00013
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Americans want high-quality health care, but they are not confident that they are getting it. Nor are Americans confident that they have valid information about the quality of their care. The public, health care purchasers, health system managers, and health policymakers are increasingly interested in getting more, and more accurate, information on the quality of care offered by different health care providers. The gap between the data they want and the data they can get may be widening as the public's expectations exceed what the health system can provide.

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