UHC Releases 2011 Evaluations to Docs
UnitedHealthcare released its fifth installment of the UnitedHealth Premium physician designation program this month. The program evaluates physicians across 21 specialty areas using evidence-based, medical society and national industry standards to promote quality care and consumer awareness. This year’s release, the carrier says, is more robust and raises the bar for physicians to meet national quality standards.
Using statistical testing of clinical information from health care claims, the program evaluates quality and cost efficiency in physician practices associated with UnitedHealthcare. Physicians must first be designated for quality before they can be designated for cost efficiency.
Participating physicians will first receive a designation assessment letter in the mail. Physicians can then view a full suite of assessment reports on the UnitedHealthcare website after they register for the new Premium section. Instructions for how to register are included in the assessment letter.
Assessment reports include actionable information intended to inform physicians of areas they could improve. Physicians who would like to have a reassessment of their individual designation prior to their result displaying on UnitedHealthcare websites will need to be proactive.
Registered users can submit reconsideration requests online through the Premium section of the UnitedHealthcare website, but must do so by the date shown in the last column of the result table included in their individual assessment letter.
A UnitedHealthcare FAQ sheet provides more information regarding the UnitedHealth Premium designation program.