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Benchmarking Physician Performance

Benchmarking Physician Performance

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Part 1 by David A. Collier, Cindy Eddins Collier, and Thomas M. Kelly

The performance of 16 primary care physicians in the same medical specialty and university clinic is compared using data envelopment analysis (DEA) efficiency scores. DEA is capable of modeling multiple criteria and automatically determines the relative weights of each performance measure. In this research, the performance measures include physician work relative value units (RVUs) as an input variable and patient satisfaction and total billable charges as the two output variables. The results provide insights into: 1. Who are the best-performing physicians? 2. Who are the underperforming physicians? 3. How can underperforming physicians improve? 4. What are the underperformers? performance targets? 5. How do you deal with full- and part-time physicians in a university setting?