The more California physician groups use information technology to support patient management and care, the better they scored on clinical quality measures, according to a report from the not-for-profit Integrated Healthcare Association, a statewide group that promotes quality improvement. The 40,000 physicians in 220 physician groups participating in the pay-for-performance program, the largest in the nation, continued to improve in clinical quality, patient experience and use of IT, according to the fourth annual report. The physician groups meeting all criteria for IT had clinical scores 18% higher than those groups that did not meet any of the IT criteria.
"There is significant difference in clinical achievements between groups that demonstrate little or no use of IT and those that have made a significant commitment to using IT to support patient care," said Steve McDermott, chief executive officer of Hill Physicians Medical Group and an IHA board member, in a news release. Health plans will use the results to calculate incentive payments for physician groups.