Understanding the Quality and Cost Performance of Medical Groups, Phase 1


Little is known about how the structural characteristics of physician practices in the United States affect the care they provide to their patients. Drawing upon unique data sets, the project team will examine: 1) the associations between group practice structure and the cost and quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries; and 2) how care management processes affect cost and quality over an episode of illness. Study findings will be useful for the development of new performance measures at the medical group level—measures that could encourage both better organization of care and new methods of payment. The California Healthcare Foundation will likely provide cofunding for this project.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Trustees of Dartmouth College
Principal Investigator:
Elliott S. Fisher, M.D., M.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 14, 2006

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