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Relationship of Primary Care Physicians’ Patient Caseload with Measurement of Quality and Cost Performance

The vast majority of primary care physicians work in practices that see too few Medicare patients annually to produce statistically reliable performance assessments, according to a study supported by The Commonwealth Fund and the National Institute on Aging and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Authored by David J. Nyweide, Ph.D., and colleagues, the study concludes that Medicare's current method of measuring ambulatory care quality may not be effective for most primary care physicians.

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