What Makes for High-Performing Physician Groups: Evidence from Massachusetts


In 2006, the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners issued two reports documenting significant variation in the quality of patient care in physician groups across the state. Why some practices are able to provide consistently high quality care, while others are not, is a question that remains largely unanswered. To determine the organizational, management, and patient demographic characteristics associated with higher performance, the project investigators will survey the leaders of approximately 500 physician practices in Massachusetts and visit four practices for in-depth study. Multivariate analyses will help determine the association between practices' quality scores and those characteristics. By identifying for policymakers and physician groups important determinants of quality, this project has the potential to stimulate targeted quality improvement efforts across the nation.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
President and Fellows of Harvard College
Principal Investigator:
Eric Schneider, M.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 11, 2006
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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