AAN Endorses AMA Efforts to Standardize Reports used in Physician Profiling Programs

July 17, 2012

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More than 60 organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), have pledged their formal support to an American Medical Association (AMA) effort designed to help physicians better use health insurer–provided data reports as tools to enhance the quality and value of patient care.

The AMA “Guidelines for Reporting Physician Data” were created with input from public and private health insurers, state and specialty medical societies, health standard organizations, and employer and consumer coalitions. The guidelines provide a roadmap for improving the usefulness of physician data reports by encouraging greater format standardization, process transparency and level of detail.

Several organizations support the use of the guidelines including Cigna, Midwest Business Group on Health, National Committee on Quality Assurance and UnitedHealth Group.

“The more uniformity the better,” says Allison Brashear, MD, FAAN (Wake Forest School of Medicine), “Otherwise, we [physicians] run the risk of having a different scorecard from each payer and being blindsided on how it impacts the contracting process.”

For additional information on the new guidelines and other associated resources, including a related webinar, please visit the AMA website at: www.ama-assn.org/go/physiciandata.