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Study Finds MA Docs Improving

A second review of how well doctors statewide treat patients suggests that making the figures public is improving care.

The Massachusetts Health Quality Partners Report scores medical groups, representing more than 5,000 doctors on 17 types of care. Annual checkups for children and testing for diabetes are up from the last study, with 100 percent of doctors in some practices meeting national standards.

But MHQP director Barabra Rabson says many physicians are below the national average in some areas, including adult asthma management.

"It is important for people to be aware that doctors do some things better than others, and understanding that there is variation is the first step in eliminating that gap," she said.

The Massachusetts Medical Society says the report will lead to better care and controlled costs by helping doctors target areas for improvement.

This program aired on June 25, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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