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Our Doctor / Practice Rating Process

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For 7 years the Maine Health Management Coalition Foundation has been publishing quality data. During that time, the quality of health care delivered in Maine has improved. In fact, according to the latest information published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (a part of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) Maine had the greatest improvement in measured health care quality of any state in the nation. Maine currently ranks 4th best overall in the U.S. in health care quality (up from 10th the year before). We believe publishing quality ratings over these years has contributed to the improvements in Maine.

Health care in Maine can be even better; however, we all need to be part of the improvement.  If you want to receive and promote high quality medical care you should select a doctor or hospital of the highest quality, and follow their direction.  You should also speak up and ask questions.  Finally, we ask that you offer your comments and suggestions about this website to us so we too can improve.

Doctor Ratings

Doctors who treat adults, voluntarily submit clinical information to Bridges to Excellence and/or the National Committee on Quality Assurance.  These organizations in turn conduct assessments and generate rankings regarding the quality of the care being provided.  The participating adult doctors and cardiologists or heart doctors may also submit information about the tools they use in maintaining and transferring medical information, and assisting their patients. Bridges to Excellence and the National Committee on Quality Assurance are independent, non-profit organizations that publish information about how well doctors and their staffs across the U.S. are doing at taking care of their patients. Once a ranking is given it remains valid for two to three years. 

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Doctors who treat children (pediatricians) also voluntarily submit clinical information to us.  Because there is no national organization that performs assessments or rankings of pediatricians, we developed our own quality assessment program. In developing our assessment program we held forums of local doctors, patients, employers and health plan representatives and thereby determined what questions to ask and how to assign our ratings.    Furthermore; we periodically conduct random telephonic and on-site audits of practices to help assure that our participants are honestly and accurately submitting their information.  You can review the questions we ask at www.mehmc.org.
   
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Doctors who treat bones and joints (orthopedists) submit clinical information voluntarily to us.  Because there is no national organization that performs assessments or rankings of orthopedists, we developed our own quality assessment program. In developing our assessment program we held forums of local doctors, patients, employers and health plan representatives and thereby determined what questions to ask and how to assign our ratings.    Furthermore; we periodically conduct random telephonic and on-site audits of practices to help assure that our participants are honestly and accurately submitting their information.  You can review the questions we ask at www.mehmc.org.
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Doctors who treat heart problems (cardiologists) submit clinical information voluntarily to us.  Because there is no national organization that performs assessments or rankings of cadiologists, we developed our own quality assessment program. In developing our assessment program we held forums of local doctors, patients, employers and health plan representatives and thereby determined what questions to ask and how to assign our ratings.    Furthermore; we periodically conduct random telephonic and on-site audits of practices to help assure that our participants are honestly and accurately submitting their information.  You can review the questions we ask at www.mehmc.org.  As noted above, cardiologists may submit information about the tools they use in maintaining and transferring medical information, and assisting their patients.  Bridges to Excellence and the National Committee on Quality Assurance are independent, non-profit organizations that publish information about how well doctors and their staffs across the U.S. are doing at taking care of their patients.  Once a ranking is given it remains valid for two to three years.

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From time to time we may raise the bar regarding what constitutes a “good”, “better” or in the case of office systems a “best” rating.   When we do that, we give the doctors ample notice that their ranking could change if they do not make improvements.

When national programs become available for doctors who treat children, heart problems and bone and joints we will work to use them instead of our own surveys.