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The Feasibility of Collecting Data on Physicians and Their Practices (

Slide presentation from the AHRQ 2011 conference.

On September 21, 2011, Herbert Wong made this presentation at the 2011 Annual Conference. Select to access the PowerPoint® presentation (1.1 MB). Plugin Software Help.

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The Feasibility of Collecting Data on Physicians and Their Practices

Herbert S. Wong, Ph.D.

AHRQ Annual Conference: Leading Through Innovation & Collaboration
September 21, 2011

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  • Lack of data on healthcare providers (e.g., physicians, physician assistants, nurses, etc.).
  • Information about physicians, physician organization, and physician behavior particularly urgent.
  • No regular comprehensive source of information on physician and their practices.
  • Needed to understand health care and policy changes.

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  • Recent AHRQ solicitation:
    • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Program Support Center RFTO No. AHR6557.
  • 24-month Project:
    • Technical Expert Panel.
    • Stakeholder Meeting.
  • Environment Scan.
  • Strategic Options.
  • Development and Testing of Early Prototype.

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Key Features Early Prototype

  • Usefulness as stand-alone product.
  • Ability to link to existing AHRQ Databases:
    • Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).
    • Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP).
  • Capacity to answer priority questions in a timely way.
  • Opportunities for public dissemination.

Slide 5

Very Rough Timeline

  • Sept. 30: Task Order awarded.
  • Oct./Nov.: Technical Expert Panel established.
  • Dec./Jan. 2012: Stakeholder meeting.
  • Jan./Feb. 2012: Environmental Scan—Interim Report.
  • Feb./Mar. 2012: Strategic Options—Interim Report.
  • May/June 2012: Early Prototype instrument developed.
  • April 2013: Early Prototype collection completed.
  • Sept. 2013: Final Report.

Slide 6


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: The Feasibility of Collecting Data on Physicians and Their Practices (. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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