Two top New York state lawmakers are backing legislation based on the state attorney generals physician-ranking model that has been adopted by top insurers.
The bill, the first of its kind in the nation, will codify the physician-ranking standards agreed to by six leading health insurers in recent weeks, including Aetna, Cigna Corp., UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint.
The physician-ranking model, created with the American Medical Association, AARP and Consumers Union, prohibits insurers from ranking physicians based only on cost. In addition, insurers promised to adopt measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum and other reputable national standards. The insurers will use risk-adjustment and valid-sampling data to compare physicians and disclose to consumers and physicians details on the ranking design. A ratings examiner, paid for by the insurers, will oversee compliance and report to the New York attorney generals office every six months.
The legislation being proposed today takes the necessary steps to ensure that New Yorkers making critical medical decisions are doing so armed with reliable and useful data, said state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, in a written statement. State Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno also supports the bill. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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