Grand Rounds Analysis Shows Significant Variation in Physician Practice Patterns

By Nate Freese
September 7, 2017

Our commitment to connect your employees with high-quality, high-impact care rests on one premise: not all doctors are created equal. Too often, patients see a doctor who lacks expertise in the latest and best practices or is ill-equipped to address their specific needs. In some cases, physicians prescribe unnecessary tests and treatments.

In most cases, the issue is not access to care. Highly qualified physicians exist within a reasonable distance and time frame for the vast majority of patients’ needs. The challenge is awareness—right now, patients lack the basic tools necessary to identify which doctors are actually best suited to meet their needs.

In refining our physician quality algorithm, our Data Science team is continually evaluating physicians’ clinical practice patterns, and the results paint a stark portrait of medicine today. In the weeks ahead, we will share some of our findings with you. In some cases, you see top physicians exercising greater discretion when it comes to frequently overused diagnostics or high-risk medications that are unlikely to address the patient’s underlying issue. In other instances, you see these physicians more aggressively employing preventive screens or novel tests to ensure that diagnoses are made early and treated appropriately. Taken together, these analyses paint a nuanced picture of high-quality physicians across a variety of specialties and clinical cases.

We look forward to discussing these analyses in detail over the next several weeks, and to supporting your commitment to improving the health and productivity of your workforce. In the meantime, you can learn more about the Grand Rounds approach to identifying the highest quality physicians by reading our white paper.


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Nate Freese

Nate Freese

Nate is the Senior Director of Data Strategy at Grand Rounds. A stroke survivor himself, he is committed to using data with caution to better measure and improve the quality of healthcare.