Monday, June 20, 2011
With the new healthcare reform law comes new ways of data mining. Pretty soon there will be limited access to information that the public can get from these numbers but I predict that will expand. The WSJ, for example, is suing to be able to get more detailed statistics. On one hand I understand why. As mentioned before in this blog, there are some outliers who basically rape the system and need to be exposed. The WSJ knows that these doctors, rare as they are, make for great headlines. The problem with statistics is that they may be manipulated in the wrong way. A physician working in an area of very poor and sick patients may look bad no matter what she does. For that she could only be penalized and her payments cut which would eventually force her to leave. Once again, "quality indicators" are the trojan horse which will only multiply and take over once inside the gates. And this is not a good thing for doctors OR patients.
Posted by Authentic Medicine Blog at 5:06 AM