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Physician Ranking Systems Moving Forward Despite Opposition

Two state medical insurers are implementing plans to create physician ranking systems that would reduce patient co-payments for visits to higher rated doctors, despite opposition from a state medical group. The medical group filed a lawsuit stating that the tiered system is unfair to physicians who arbitrarily receive low scores while providing a high level of care. The group also argues that higher costs for visiting lower rated physicians are intended to defraud patients. Worse yet, no system exists for evaluating the effectiveness of physician ranking systems. The measures appear to be largely for the benefit of insurers, not patients, and will likely have no impact on medical malpractice or the quality of care provided.

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