Selecting a doctor is a difficult task. When you move to a new community, you’ll need to do research to find health care providers to help you. And, sometimes, your current doctors may have retired, are no longer taking your insurance, or aren’t meeting your needs.
What does a good medical practice look like? The Peterson Center on Healthcare and researchers at Stanford University’s Clinical Excellence Research Center studied the issue and Consumer Reports offers this summary of their findings.
First, they collected data from 15,000 U.S. primary care practices. To narrow the list to the most successful ones, they used 41 accepted quality-of-care measures along with data on healthcare spending. They then sent a team of investigators to a sample of the highest-performing practices to figure out what set them apart.