Large databases of physician behavior have been made available by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources to reveal practice patterns in delivering services and prescribing medications. Critics complain that the data provides an incomplete picture, while supporters point to the illumination of outliers who are driving high costs of care, with uncertain benefit or potential harm.
In this talk, Dr. Jordan discusses physician and prescriber activities and the data that’s available around these actions. Through delivering healthcare services, doctors deliver their own income and income for others, and therefore generate costs for others, which Dr. Jordan unpacks in this discussion.
Dr. William B. Jordan is Director of Neighborhood Health System Partnerships in the Center for Health Equity at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He focuses on aligning clinical care, community health, and policy advocacy to promote equity. He trained in family medicine at Montefiore and preventive medicine at Mount Sinai. He previously served as Co-Director of Medical Student Education in the Department of Family and Social Medicine and Director of the Preventive Medicine Residency at Montefiore-Einstein, and as Co-Chair of the Policy and Legislative Committee of the Public Health Association of New York City.
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