To help prevent serious health problems associated with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes, people with these diseases need regular medical care that includes certain types of tests and medications. The quality scores below show how each doctor's office rated 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.
The 'A-1-C' test is a blood test that measures the average level of blood sugar during the past 2 or 3 months. If you have diabetes, the A-1-C test is different from blood testing you might do yourself. When you test your blood, you find out what your blood sugar is at the moment you do the test. But when you have the A-1-C laboratory blood test, you find out how well your blood sugar has been controlled, on average, over a period of time.
Often, there are no symptoms to warn people when their blood sugar has been staying too high. To know for sure whether blood sugar is staying at a healthy level or not, people with diabetes need to have an A-1-C test at least twice a year. Keeping blood sugar close to normal helps prevent or delay the health problems that can happen when people have diabetes.
The quality score is based on the percentage of adult patients (ages 18-75) with diabetes who got the A-1-C blood sugar test at least once during a recent one-year period.
For this test, what is meant by better, average, and below?
For each doctor's office, the percentage of patients with diabetes who got an A-1-C test is turned into a quality score by comparing the percentage for that doctor's office to the statewide average of 85.6%.
'Better' means 99.4% of patients got the A-1-C test
'Average' means between 71.3% and 99.3% of patients got the A-1-C test
'Below means 71.2% or fewer of patients got the A-1-C test
How can you use this information?
If you have diabetes, talk with your doctor about whether it is time for your next A-1-C blood sugar test.
Checks whether people with asthma are using 'daily control' asthma medicine?
'Daily control' medicine is medicine that people with chronic asthma need to take regularly to help prevent asthma attacks. (It's different from the 'rescue inhaler' they use for quick relief from an asthma attack. People with asthma need both types of medications.)
For the quality scores, 'people with chronic asthma' means Oregon patients between the ages of 5 and 18 who got one or more of the following types of asthma care during a recent one-year period:
A hospital stay —or—
treatment at an emergency room —or—
four or more visits to the doctor's office for asthma care —or—
four or more prescriptions filled for asthma medicine.
This quality score is based on the percentage of patients with chronic asthma who received a prescription for daily control medicine and filled it often enough that the supply would cover 75% of the days in a calendar year. Because relatively few doctors' offices have at least 30 patients who meet the definition of 'patients with chronic asthma,' the number of doctors' offices with quality scores for this area of care is small.
For this topic, what is meant by better, average, and below?
For each doctor's office, the percentage of patients with chronic asthma who received and filled a prescription for 'daily control' medicine is turned into a quality score by comparing the percentage for that doctor's office to the statewide average of 40.8%.
'Better' means 53.2% or more got daily control medicine
'Average' means between 28.7% and 53.1% of patients got daily control medicine
'Below' means 28.6% or fewer got daily control medicine
How can you use this information?
If you have chronic asthma and you are not taking a daily control medicine, talk with your doctor about whether taking a daily control medicine is right for you.
* 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.