In response to Stephen Dickens' commentary on the "Tenn. Blues to list doctors' prices, ratings on Web":
The response from Stephen Dickens is a wonderful, eloquent, albeit typical, description of the reasons for wanting to have some type of tool to be able to compare physicians.
It does not, however, answer the question that was asked. By the way, I cannot possibly imagine a reasonable and equitable way to compare outcomes among physicians in disparate specialties. Intra-specialty comparisons might be more reasonable, and even though systems are subject to abuse or misinterpretation. Comparing the outcomes of a family practitioner to a specialist's outcomes in treating chronic ear disease, chronic lung disease, rheumatologic disease or any other specialty driven treatment protocol makes very little sense to me. That was not the question, however.
The question was specifically related to the sharing of fee schedules and the potential for violation of antitrust standards. Surely, if it's illegal for me to discuss my fees with another physician, it must be a violation to share those fee schedules with anyone and everyone, including other physicians in the same specialty.
Michael BryanPhysicianSouthlake, Texas To submit a letter to YOUR VIEWS, click here. Please include your name, title and hometown.