Medica posts controversial doctor ratings

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 19, 2011 - 7:20 PM

For the first time, the Medica health plan today began publicly rating thousands of Minnesota doctors on its website, Medica.com, in an effort to give consumers more information on their health care providers.

The state's second-largest insurer is using a "star system" to indicate which doctors meet certain thresholds for quality and cost-efficiency in 20 medical specialties.

Medica posted the ratings Wednesday in spite of pleas from the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) to delay publication. The MMA says the system is prone to errors and unfair to doctors.

Medica used three years' of patient claims data to determine which doctors adhere to national treatment guidelines, and which have higher than average costs.

To find how individual doctors scored (1 star for quality, 2 stars for cost and quality), go to www.medica.com/FindADoctor/IndividualandFamilyPlanMembers/default.aspx

Maura Lerner • 612-673-7384

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