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Physicians with Less Experience Identified by Higher Cost Profiles

In an effort to identify and curb the health care spending of the costliest physicians, a report in Health Affairs examined cost profiles created from health plan claims. The study found “that physicians with fewer than ten years of experience had 13.2 percent higher overall costs than physicians with forty or more years of experience. We found no association between costs and other physician characteristics, such as having had malpractice claims or disciplinary actions, board certification status, and the size of the group in which the physician practices.”

Read it in Health Affairs.