SOURCE: North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

August 27, 2015 11:29 ET

North Shore-LIJ Begins Posting Online Patient Reviews of Physicians

North Shore-LIJ Medical Group the 1st Physician Practice Group in NY to Go Public With Doctor Ratings

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 27, 2015) - The North Shore-LIJ Medical Group, one of the nation's largest multi-specialty group practices, today began posting online patient reviews of its doctors, the first large medical group in the New York metropolitan area to do so.

Consistent with its commitment to quality care and transparency, North Shore-LIJ Medical Group ratings are based upon actual surveys that are collected and monitored by a certified US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vendor, Press Ganey. This is in contrast to Yelp, Healthgrades and other physician rating sites that are open to anyone to rate a doctor, whether they saw the doctor or not. North Shore-LIJ's "Find a Doctor" profile pages, will provide consumers with feedback from actual patients on physicians practicing in one of the health system's more than 400 Medical Group offices throughout the metropolitan area. North Shore-LIJ's Patient Satisfaction Review Program displays ratings and comments compiled from the more than 500,000 surveys randomly administered by Press Ganey, a South Bend, IN firm that works with more than 10,000 health care organizations worldwide.

"We are using transparency as an innovative approach to continuously improving as we strive to exceed our patients' expectations, "said Ira Nash, MD, a practicing cardiologist and senior vice president and executive director of the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group, the nation's seventh-largest physician practice. "This new site is truly the voice of the patients. It's a trusted source of information on our doctors, as compared to comments and ratings on other physician review web sites that can't be verified."

The survey gives patients the opportunity to provide comments about their interaction during the visit and rate physicians on a one-to-five scale on the following qualities:

-- friendliness/courteousness;

-- how well they explained patient's problem/condition;

-- their concern for patient's questions or worries;

-- their efforts to include patient in treatment decisions;

-- how clearly they explained information about medications;

-- their instructions on follow-up care;

-- the degree to which they used words the patient could understand;

-- the amount of time they spent with the patient;

-- the patient's confidence in the physician; and

-- the likelihood to recommend the physician.

The patient reviews posted on North Shore-LIJ Find-A-Doctor reflect 18 months of survey data. The program delivers straight truth to consumers, screening only for patient privacy and unsuitable language, if necessary.

The Medical Group also recognizes its physicians with Patients' Choice Awards annually, identifying five physicians with the highest patient satisfaction scores. The recognized physicians serve as role models for the rest of the physician group. In addition, education and training are provided for physicians to continually strengthen their communications and engagement skills with patients.

Greater transparency is a cornerstone of recent healthcare legislation. North Shore-LIJ Medical Group is proud to be in the forefront as it makes individual physician reviews public, extending well beyond national mandates.

According to Press Ganey, the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group is one of a handful of large medical group practices in the US to post patient satisfaction scores and only the second in the Northeast.

While the North Shore-LIJ Medical Group includes more than 2,300 physicians, the ratings are available for the more than 900 doctors who provide care in ambulatory medical practice settings, mostly in outpatient offices outside the health system's 19 hospitals. It does not include specialists such as radiologists, pathologists and other physicians such as neonatologists and hospitalists who provide patient care only in inpatient settings. The Medical Group has spent the past two years preparing for the public rollout of the new ratings site, working in collaboration with Press Ganey and physician leaders.

"We recognize that patients have many options for their care. We also believe that a positive patient-physician dynamic is central to great care. By being transparent with our patient satisfaction ratings, we are providing our patients with validated information that helps them choose the physicians that best meets their needs," said Dr. Nash.

To see a video of Dr. Nash discussing the new site, click here :https://www.northshorelij.com/about/news/videos#/slide-ca5f12fab0d4457dbb7186ba57b032c4

About North Shore-LIJ Medical Group
North Shore-LIJ Medical Group, a multi-specialty group practice of world-class physicians employed by North Shore-LIJ Health System, is dedicated to quality, compassion and innovation across the full spectrum of healthcare -- providing care when and where our patients need it.

The clinical excellence of our more than 2,200 physicians, in over 100 medical and surgical specialties, is complemented by our connection to the state-of-the-art North Shore-LIJ hospitals and ambulatory facilities, the advancements of The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and the academic leadership of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. North Shore-LIJ Medical Group provides care in community-based practices in more than 190 locations and within all North Shore-LIJ hospitals, across New York City and Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. For more information, please visit us at NSLIJDocs.com.

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