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AG Puts the Brakes On More Physician Ranking Programs

According to an AG press release issued yesterday:

In an expanding industry-wide investigation, New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today [10/18/2007] issued letters to Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, Preferred Care, and HIP Health Plan of New York/GHI requesting information on the insurers' doctor ranking programs.

More below the fold.

From the AG's press release:

"Consumers need to be aware that doctor ranking programs as currently designed may steer patients to the cheapest, but not necessarily the best doctors, letting profits trump quality," said Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. "Transparency and accurate information are critical when making health care decisions and should not be clouded by conflicts of interest."

The entire press release is here.

MSSNY naturally applauds the move:

"We must assure that the managed care plans are more interested in quality medical care than they are in saving money," said [Robert Goldberg, DO, President of the Medical Society of the State of New York]. "The issue of cost-cutting trumping patient care is a reality in many, many cases. The Attorney General should be applauded for speaking-up on behalf of all patients."

The three letters went to:

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Preferred Care

HIP Health Plan/GHI

Click the name to link to the AG's letter for each.

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