Consumer Reports magazine, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), last week published ratings of 19 medical groups in Wisconsin that voluntarily shared their performance data with WCHQ. All 19 groups ranked at or above the national average in Consumer Reports’ overall score, according to a WCHQ news release.
“The good news in Wisconsin is that numerous physician groups have voluntarily shared their performance results and many are outperforming the national average,” said John Santa, MD, MPH, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, said in this news release. “We have long urged all physicians to report their data to the public. Only then will patients be able to make fully informed choices when choosing health care providers.”
WCHQ is a voluntary consortium of health systems, medical groups, hospitals and health plans in the state; Wisconsin Medical Society CEO Rick Abrams is an ex-officio member of WCHQ’s Board of Directors.
When combined, the 19 medical groups in the Consumer Reports ratings serve nearly half of the patients in Wisconsin. The 19 groups are Aurora Medical Group, Aurora UW Medical Group, Bellin Medical Group, Columbia St. Mary’s Community Physicians, Dean Clinic, Froedtert Health Medical Group – Menomonee Falls Division, Froedtert Health Medical Group – West Bend Clinic, Gundersen Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Medical College Physicians, Mercy Health System, Monroe Clinic, Prevea Health, ProHealth Care Medical Associates, ThedaCare Physicians, UW Health Physicians and Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group.
Consumer Reports published ratings of physicians’ practices in Massachusetts in May and Minnesota in August. All are funded by a grant from the RWJF’s WCHQ website.
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