Physician Groups Get Report Card From Office Of The Patient Advocate
For the first time, the office has added a ranking based on cost of care.
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OPA Grading Medical Groups On Cost
California's Office of the Patient Advocate has released its annual report card for the state's physician groups, and has added an entirely new layer to the reporting by ranking the groups based on the cost of care. For this year, the report cards' four-star rating system includes what a year of care from each group would cost for both the insurer and the patient, the latter in terms of co-payments and deductibles. The costs range from below $3,158 to more than $4,774. Medical groups in 39 of the state's 58 counties are included. (Shinkman, 3/10)