Term: Plurality Approach to Patient Assignment / Allocation

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-11-02

Definition:

A method that assigns patients exclusively to their most responsible health care provider. In one method, the most responsible physician was the one who provided more of their visits than any other physician. When more than one physician provided equal numbers of visits, the patient was assigned to the physician with the greatest visit costs and in the case of a second tie, total costs were used. Calculation of total cost included direct care (i.e., visits) and indirect care (i.e., referrals for other services and consults).

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References 

  • Frohlich N, Katz A, De Coster C, Dik N, Soodeen RA, Watson D, Bogdanovic B. Profiling Primary Care Physician Practice in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2006. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)

Term used in 

  • Katz A, Bogdanovic B, Soodeen R. Physician Integrated Network Baseline Evaluation: Linking Electronic Medical Records and Administrative Data. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2010. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)
  • Katz A, De Coster C, Bogdanovic B, Soodeen R, Chateau D. Using Administrative Data to Develop Indicators of Quality in Family Practice. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2004. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)
  • Reid RJ, Bogdanovic B, Roos NP, Black C, MacWilliam L, Menec V. Do Some Physician Groups See Sicker Patients Than Others? Implications for Primary Care Policy in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy and Evaluation, 2001. [Summary] [Full Report] (View)