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Updated: February 9, 2011
The Bigger The Physician Group The Better The Care, Study Finds

Large multispecialty groups and organized healthcare delivery systems deliver higher quality care at a lower cost than other providers in their market regions, according to a recent study by William B. Weeks, a Dartmouth researcher.

"Higher Health Care Quality and Bigger Savings Found at Large Multispecialty Medical Groups" was published Health Affairs and reaffirms that accountable care organizations (ACOs) may well be a key to containing the rising cost of healthcare while achieving improved quality.

Weeks initiated the study with the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP). Theresearchers compared the costs and quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians who did and did not work within large multispecialty group practices affiliated with CAPP in 22 healthcare markets. After adjustment for patient factors, in most markets CAPP group physicians provided higher quality care at a 3.6 percent ($272) lower annual cost.

The findings of this study suggest that large multispecialty medical groups already provide higher quality, lower cost care, and would be well positioned to assume the role of accountable care organizations," said Susan Dentzer, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs.

Address: The Council of Accountable Physician Practices, 1 Kaiser Plaza, 27th floor, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 891-5055,

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