A New Way To Shop For A Primary Care Doctor In Mass.

A screenshot of MHQP's new Healthcare Compass website.

A screenshot of MHQP’s new Healthcare Compass website.

BOSTON — Massachusetts Health Quality Partners is launching what it hopes will be a more user friendly way for the public to use information it has gathered on primary care doctors’ offices for years.

MHQP has been publishing reports for almost a decade that compare physician groups based on the experience of their patients as well as how well they treat depression, asthma, diabetes, heart disease and screen for cancer. But the reports, which gather information from 65,000 patients and commercial insurance records, did not get a lot of attention from patients.

On Healthcare Compass, MHQP’s new website, patients can search for a primary care doctor by ZIP code or a physician’s name. But keep in mind, the site rates practices, not individual physicians.

You’ll be able to compare how well doctors at a specific office communicate, screen for cancer and care for patients with diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

“We’ve always found that there is a fair amount of variation in Massachusetts,” said MHQP President Barbra Rabson. “So it is important to see how your doctor performs compared to other doctors. We have a lot of high performers, but it does matter where you go to get your care.”

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  • ank

    these measures are the same as those on the old site. how is this an improvement? you still cannot find out how well your own PCP does

    • Martha Bebinger

      Yes ank – we really need info about our individual doctors. I’m told it’s too hard to create ratings for each physician because there are many factors doctors don’t control that affect the satisfaction and outcomes of their patients. I can see this point, but if physicians don’t figure out how to score themselves, then the systems they don’t like, Angie’s list, etc., will become the default authority on the quality of their care.

  • http://byrondennis.typepad.com/theabcsofmedicare/ Dennis Byron

    What a colossal waste of my insurance premiums. Picking a doctor based on little smiley faces! And I say that before I looked up my own doctor and find the information to be definitively inaccurate (that is, one of the original managed care practices in the country is not providing managed care according to this data).

    This web site also needs a big banner across it saying the Clinical information does not include Medicare patients’ opinions (you know; the people who account for 70% of doctors’ visits, and colo-rectal screenings, and cardiac intervention, and take long-term medication, and all the things these goo goos are measuring.) They could put the MEDICARE NOT INCLUDED notice right up there in the corner of the web page with the senior citizen in her living room (whatever that has to do with a doctor’s office),

    • http://www.boston.com Robert Bryant

      Don’t think your insurance premiums paid for this. Maybe you should volunteer to help out instead of complain

      • http://byrondennis.typepad.com/theabcsofmedicare/ Dennis Byron

        Do you know that for a fact? The organization that produces it is run by the Massachusetts insurance industry (or at least is funded by it). But perhaps you have some inside knowledge that leads you to believe the funding flows in some other way for this project (which probably involves my tax dollars or someone else’s insurance premiums — Kaiser or RWJ).

        And I am a longtime CMS-certified volunteer on Medicare. That is exactly why I made the comment. The information on the new whiz-bang goo goo web site totally ignores the clinical data concerning those of us on Medicare and at the same time — because it ignores us — makes it useless to everyone else.