SUMMARYPhysicians Price and Quality
Physician Sites with the Most Features
Of the 49 tools and 59 features reviewed, Minnesota HealthScores incorporates the most features overall (45). Most notably, the tool highlights top performing physicians and those that are below average, allows lookup and sorting by providers, and displays provider and price information side by side. Other key features include reporting the non-insurance/cash price, displaying comparative quality benchmarks and multiple years of performance information, incorporating many clinical quality of care measures, providing information in printer-friendly formats and linking to other useful information. The site lacks health insurance features and could be enhanced by including entry of the insurance carrier, reporting if a provider is in-network, and displaying co-pay amounts.
Price Specific Features
Minnesota HealthScores, CompareMaine and Amino all incorporate the most price-related features (22). These tools set themselves apart from others by sourcing payment data from commercial claims, using recent payment data to show prices at the provider level, sharing provider and price information side by side, allowing lookup by facility or procedure, showing comparative price benchmarks, and displaying bundled prices and total payments. Documentation on the price methodology and data sources are provided, as well as contextual information to help consumers make health care decisions.
Quality Specific Features
With respect to quality-specific features, Minnesota HealthScores incorporates the most (23), closely followed by GetBetterMaine, the Community Checkup, and myCareCompare, all of which have between 20 and 21. Information on patient surveys and clinical quality of care measures are essential components of these tools, along with comparative quality benchmarks, and multiple years of quality performance information. Features not present that could enhance these sites include indicating when the quality data was last updated, sharing written patient reviews, and reporting charges or costs of any type.