UnitedHealthcare says it will not publicize the ratings of physicians under its Premium Designation program until June 1 to give physicians time to question their ranking. The ratings were to be released March 30.
United says the designation results and assessment reports are available online. It urges physicians to check their designation because some designations may have changed due to updated group affiliation information.
Physicians may ask the company to reconsider their ranking any time, United says, but the request must be filed before May 1 to impact the rating listed on the United website.
TMA has developed a toolkit physicians can use to challenge their ratings by United or any other health care plan..
According to United, the Premium Designation program "uses clinical information from health care claims to assist physicians in their continuous practice improvement and to help consumers make more informed and personally appropriate choices for their medical care." It evaluates physicians in 21 specialties and is based on claims paid between Jan. 1, 2006, and March 31, 2009.
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March 31, 2011