May 20, 2011
Program Result Report
Researchers at the University of Southern Maine studied the state's Pathways to Excellence system of reporting on health care quality. Practices that filed reports had higher scores on six indicators of health care quality than those that did not.
January 1, 2011
This case study outlines the Maine AF4Q Alliance's planning process, activities, lessons learned, and future efforts around implementing a social media campaign to engage consumers.
August 1, 2009
Employers or health plans may provide financial incentives to consumers in an effort to “steer” them to high quality or low-cost providers, based on these tiers, through reduced deductibles or copayments.
September 1, 2008
This report presents findings from a survey of adults with chronic conditions conducted in Maine from April 2008 and July 2008.
May 18, 2010
When a patient sees multiple doctors, health plan and government analysts use different rules to assign primary responsibility to a single physician. This article presents a study that examined how those rules affect a physician's cost profile (e.g., high cost or low cost).
March 18, 2010
This article examines the accuracy of tools to identify lower-cost physicians. Many proposed health reforms rely on the identification of physicians who provide lower-cost services for a given condition. However, no rigorous evaluation has assessed whether the tools used to identify lower-cost physicians are accurate.