The Feasibility of Collecting Data on Physicians and Their Practices (
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.