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Feature: CMA, Blue Shield defend stances on physician-ranking program

The California Medical Association (CMA) has announced its withdrawal from a Blue Shield of California initiative to rate physician performance due to the program’s “serious and disturbing flaws in how data are collected on physicians that result in gross inaccuracies.” In recent interviews, a representative from Blue Shield defended their program, while a CMA representative reiterated its resistance to the payor’s particular method of ranking state physicians.