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HMO's survey confirms regional practice differences

United HealthCare surveyed 20,000 family physicians, internists and cardiologists in 23 of its health plans to determine how their practice compares with nationally accepted protocols. The project, says United's chief medical officer, Lee Newcomer, M.D., is not designed to find fault, but rather to provide physicians with information they may be able to use to evaluate their own practice patterns. A sampling from eight United plans for two measures that are also widely touted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance in its Health Plan Employer Information and Data Set:

SOURCE: UNITED HEALTHCARE, MINNEAPOLIS, 1998

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