The Feb. 12, 2001, editorial grossly misstates UnitedHealthcare's intended use of clinical data (page 15). UnitedHealthcare's Physician Data Sharing program was not developed to "scrutinize clinical decisions" with the intent of dropping physicians from our network.
UnitedHealthcare's commitment to ensuring quality healthcare and service for our consumers is centered on a collaborative relationship with physicians. Providing these physicians with relevant clinical data about patients helps ensure that physicians have the information they need to provide the best possible care. It is not in anyone's best interest to limit consumer access to the physician of their choice by instituting punitive measures based on clinical practice data.
Archelle Georgiou, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer