Giving your child antibiotics when he or she does not need them puts your child at risk of harm without any benefit. Also, if your child needs antibiotics in the future, they may not work as well. A strep test helps determine whether or not your child will benefit from antibiotics for a sore throat. The quality scores below show you which doctors' offices are best at providing this recommended care.
Learn why some doctor's offices (or medical groups) are not included in the quality scores on this page:
The office doesn't have enough doctors or primary care practitioners. An office or medical group must have at least 3 primary care professionals (doctors, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants) who provide care in order to be included.
The office didn't treat enough patients for the topic on this page. Scores are shown only if an office or medical group has treated at least 30 patients who meet requirements for that topic during the time period for reporting.
If the phrase 'Results not available' appears, it means the office did not have enough patients for one of the topics on the page, but did have enough patients for other topics on the page.
If the phrase 'Results under review' appears, it means that a doctor's office or medical group asked to have their scores be reconsidered by Partner for Quality Care because they believe the score may be inaccurate. The phrase 'Results under review' means the score is still being evaluated.
A strep test is test for a type of bacterial infection. A strep test is usually done at a doctor's office. If strep is present, a prescription for antibiotics is appropriate. If no strep infection is present, antibiotics should not be used.
The quality scores show whether children (ages 2-18) with a sore throat were given a strep test before getting an antibiotic. The more strep tests that were given, the higher the quality score.
For this test, what is meant by better, average, and below?
For each doctor's office, the percentage of children with sore throats who received a strep test before getting an antibiotic is turned into a quality score by comparing the percentage for that doctor's office to the statewide average of 78.4%.
'Better' means 94.9% or more of patients received a strep test before an antibiotic was prescribed
'Average' means between 62.0% and 94.9% of patients received a strep test before an antibiotic was prescribed
'Below' means 62.0% or fewer of patients received a strep test before an antibiotic was prescribed
Note: Data is from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. The measurement period varies by measure, but in general, the data come from 2013 and 2014. Kaiser data included in these measures covers January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. This is due to a delay in data receipt and processing. It was determined that this round could be substituted because it overlaps the report period by 6 months, and Kaiser rates change minimally between Q Corp data rounds (<1%).
* Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC): Q Corp scores are based on claims data.
FQHCs use a claims process that may differ from other health plans. Q Corp is working with Oregon FQHCs to address any discrepancies.
Results for doctors' offices and medical groups may be viewed alphabetically or based on score. Unless otherwise specified, results are automatically sorted based on score, from highest to lowest. For Heart Disease and Asthma Medication, the order is based on the actual percentage that was used to place doctors' offices and groups into the categories: "Better," "Average," or "Below." This percentage is not available on the website.
When there are multiple topics on one page (such as mammogram, pap test and chlamydia test for women's health), the sort order is based on the average of the scores ("Better," "Average," or "Below") for each topic rather than the underlying percentage. For the purposes of calculating the sorting order for these topics, a "Better" score is three points, an "Average" score is two points and "Below" is one point. If "Results not available" is the score for one of the topics, that score is excluded for the purposes of sorting.
In situations where clinics or medical groups are tied on the sort order, they are listed alphabetically.