A majority of physicians (71 percent) tell TMA in our latest survey that in the past year there was at least one instance in their practice when the quality of patient care was impacted adversely by the operating policies or utilization controls of a private health plan. The most frequently cited causes were limited networks (83 percent), formulary limitations (80 percent), coverage limitations or denials (73 percent), and treatment delays (57 percent).
Have you seen patient care quality impacted adversely by the policies or controls of a government program or private health plan? Let us know.
If you have not responded to this survey or if you need another survey in our 2010 series, e-mail Jessica Davis .
The first 500 physicians who complete every one of our monthly surveys will receive the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Dan and Chip Heath, with 4.5 hours of free continuing medical education credit and a Texas Medical Liability Trust discount up to $1,000. Plus, any Texas physician who completes every survey will be entered into a drawing for one of five Apple iPads or Dell tablet PCs.
Action , Oct. 18, 2010