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Published January 18, 2011, 08:51 AM

Medica health plan, second largest in Minnesota, to launch doctor rating system

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's second-largest health plan says it will launch a new system for rating thousands of doctors on quality and cost this week despite objections from the state's main physicians group.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's second-largest health plan says it will launch a new system for rating thousands of doctors on quality and cost this week despite objections from the state's main physicians group.

The Minnesota Medical Association last week asked Medica to hold off, saying the rating system is prone to errors and unfair. It also says doctors have not been given enough time to correct errors in their ratings.

But Dr. Charles Fazio, Medica's chief medical officer, tells the Star Tribune the ratings will be posted on Medica's website Wednesday.

It's part of a growing movement to give consumers more information about their care. Doctors will be rated using a star system to show how they perform on a variety of cost and quality measurements.

About 9,400 doctors will be rated.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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