The UnitedHealth Definition of Quality


Please pass this around to spread virally.  This comes from a physician I know personally.  She is doing Direct Primary Care. She used to bill insurance companies but opted out from them over a year ago!  This means all of 2016.  Obviously, she has not seen one United patient but is somehow rated as a QUALITY CARE PHYSICIAN by their “designation.”

This is why “quality” ratings are a crock and not to be believed.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “The UnitedHealth Definition of Quality

  1. John Uhlemann, MD
    January 15, 2017 at 1:15 am

    UHC isn’t the only one to come up with “measurements” not based on any actual “measurement”. I was issued an “evaluation” from the state of Missouri, that stated that most of my quality assurement criteria were met at “better than average”, but I had fallen short on 2: I had done only one pelvic exam (out of 4 expected) and 2 breast exams (out of 4 expected). I am a dermatologist. I had not done ANY breast or pelvic exams during the measurement period. I informed them of this, but never heard back. I have not received an “evaluation” since.

  2. Mamadoc
    January 11, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    And what the hell does pending mean?

  3. RSW
    January 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    On top of their chronic inability to process claims correctly (30% error rate, always in their favor), we’re now dealing with the yearly January clown show of United having absolutely no idea of who their enrollees are or what their benefits cover. And these dipshits think they can measure quality?

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