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Survey: Half of Primary Care Physicians Think Quality Metrics Have Negative Impact

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A new survey of the nation’s primary care providers finds that many see health information technology as improving the quality of patient care, but hold unfavorable views of metrics designed to assess the quality of clinician performance.

The findings, published in an issue brief from The Commonwealth Fund and the Kaiser Family Foundation, also show that about half of primary care doctors believe financial penalties imposed for unnecessary hospital admissions or readmissions are having a negative effect on quality of care. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants hold somewhat more favorable views on the use of quality metrics and penalties. To learn more about the results, read the new issue brief.

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