UNITED HEALTHCARE: Provides ‘Clinical Profiles’ Of Doctors
United Healthcare Corp., the parent of United HealthCare of California, is "rolling out an ambitious plan to provide the 262,000 doctors in its nationwide network with 'clinical profiles' of themselves," California Medicine reports. The profiles will show doctors how well they are adhering to "peer-reviewed industry standards" in such areas as diabetes, congestive heart failure, myocardial infarction, atrial fibrillation, breast cancer screening and use of diuretics. Dr. Lee Newcomer, chief medical officer of United, said the profiles "will not be used punitively" against doctors. "The goal is to give doctors information they can use to improve patient care," he said, but added that the decision may be changed "[i]n a couple of years" (May/June issue).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.