Findings from a Study on Physician Cost Profiling Highlighted in the ScienceDaily

Publication Date: 
May 18, 2010

Findings from a HCFO-sponsored study led by J. William Thomas, Ph.D., professor at the University of Southern Maine, were highlighted in the May 18, 2010, ScienceDaily article “Results of Physician Cost Profiling Can Vary Widely, Study Finds.” The research team analyzed alternative strategies for measuring specialist physicians' cost-efficiency. Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., policy researcher at RAND and a member of the research team, stated, “This study provides more evidence that efforts to create physician cost profiles are still a work in progress. More work is needed in order to make cost profiling a meaningful tool to curb health costs.”