AthenaHealth caused a ruckus last year when it put out a ranking of how fast health plans were paying doctors. Now they’re at it again. Cigna ranked No. 1 and United didn’t do so well. Of course if just speed of payment were the problem in American health care, it would have been fixed long ago.
But surely there’s much else in their data that would be interesting to know about. For example, I’m looking forward to AthenaHealth telling us from its data what activities of its physician customers were appropriate given their patients’ conditions. I’m interviewing AthenaHealth CEO Jonathan Bush in a few days, and I’ll ask him about that.
Any other suggested questions?
UPDATE: Here’s the chart of AthenaHealth’s 2007 Payerview rankings. They’ve also put up a rather flashy website explaining it all.
PAYERVIEW NATIONAL PAYER RESULTS:
|National Payer||2007 Rank||2006 Rank|
|Medicare – B||3||2|
|Coventry Health Care||7||Not ranked|