- November 25th 2011
The same group that unsuccessfully sued the government for access to raw Medicare claims data for individual physicians has launched a patient ratings site that grades individual physicians and uses methodology that the group's president says he hopes will set physicians' minds at ease.
Consumers' Checkbook, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that also rates things like auto repair shops, electricians and movers, in July launched physician ratings for Denver; Memphis, Tenn.; and Kansas City, Mo.
Consumers' Checkbook President Robert Krughoff said the effort to see Medicare claims data was totally unrelated to developing the new ratings, and he said the group was interested in offering a ratings site that patients and doctors could trust.
"My great hope in this is that doctors will appreciate the rigor of this survey and take this survey seriously," he said.
Physicians' scores are based on surveys of patients who have seen the physician in question within the last year, a [Read more]