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Ranking Physicians Based on Cost May Be Misleading, Says Study

Health insurance plans that push patients toward physicians who keep medical costs lower are based on unreliable estimates of physician performance and may not save money, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The RAND Corp. study found that about one-fourth of the 13,788 Massachusetts physicians they reviewed would be misclassified under the system of cost ranking commonly used by insurance plans.
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