Best Physicians/Physician Groups Criteria
The Women’s Choice Award has identified America’s best physicians and physician groups across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices. Our goal is to simplify your choice of doctors and other practitioners as we understand how this critically important decision can impact you and your family. Being treated with the proper level of care impacts your health, well-being and healing so our goal is to identify those professionals that have demonstrated the highest level of quality care to their patients, with a special focus on the female experience.
Being named and recognized as a healthcare provider of choice among women is an honorable achievement as it represents the strongest and most important consumer message in today’s healthcare marketplace. Considering that women account for 90% of all healthcare decisions for her and her family, being a provider of choice women trust is commendable.
Our methodology is unique in that it is the only national list that simplifies a woman’s choice when selecting a hospital. Our understanding of what matters most to women when selecting a doctor is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men. This research led us to understand that we cannot separate clinical performance from patient experience.
In arriving at our award determinations, we use the most recent publicly available information from appropriate sources. In some cases we have surveyed thousands of women to determine which measures are most important to them. Our methodology is objective, replicable and uniform. There are no purely subjective considerations for any of our awards.
Best Medical Groups – California
The Best California Medical Groups Award is based on information gathered from the California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), specifically its Healthcare Quality Report Cards.
OPA provides one Report Card for Medical Groups with regard to Commercial HMO members that scores medical groups using a star rating in three categories:
- Medical Group Uses Treatments Proven to Be Effective
- Patients Rate Their Medical Group
- Average Annual Payment for Care
The group can be rated one to four stars for each category. To meet our award criteria a Medical Group must garner a sum total of nine stars. In addition, in the Treatment category, the medical group must score 3 or 4 stars in the sub-category item regarding getting the right treatment for children.
Additionally, a Medical Group needs to score 4 or 5 stars in two sub-categories of the Report Card for Medicare Advantage members: Breast cancer Screening and Managing Osteoporosis in Women after a Fracture.
Meeting all the above star criteria resulted in 43 of the 205 listed groups as meeting an objective standard of excellence. Participation in the Report Card program is voluntary and therefore doesn’t include all California medical groups.