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Thomson Healthcare Launches Application That Assesses Physician Performance
Date:11/13/2007

New Tool Enables Insurers, Employers, and Government Agencies to Evaluate

Quality and Cost of Medical Care

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thomson Healthcare (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) has introduced Physician Performance Assessment, an application that health plans, regional health collaboratives, and other organizations use to evaluate the quality and cost of medical care.

The Physician Performance Assessment application is the first of its kind to emphasize clinical quality in two distinct ways. First, it evaluates whether medical care follows established clinical guidelines while it accounts for the severity and duration of the medical condition being treated. It doesn't focus merely on the consumption of healthcare resources. Second, it generates reports that inform physicians and physician networks about gaps in their patient care, so they can take corrective steps and improve clinical quality.

"Organizations that pay for medical care - health plans, employers, and government agencies - need to assess whether they are getting value for their money," said Thomson Healthcare Vice President Jeff Hanson. "And physicians are concerned that rating systems are more focused on cutting costs than raising quality. Our methodology meets the needs of healthcare payers - in a way that is credible, fair and helpful to doctors."

Thomson Healthcare has years of experience measuring the quality and cost of healthcare for leading health plans, hospitals, government agencies, and leading employer consortiums such as The Leapfrog Group and Bridges to Excellence. "The knowledge and methodologies developed through our extensive experience are distilled into the Physician Per
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