Term: Plurality Approach to Patient Assignment / Allocation

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2006-11-02


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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