The CareDash patient profile is created from Medicare Physician and Other Supplier Data, which provides records of Medicare utilization throughout the United States. While patient identifying information is not included in the data, it does include aggregate information about the patients of different providers.
Using this data, we can detect when the patients of a doctor have certain conditions more frequently than the patients of similar doctors. These conditions go into our
in order to help consumers make more informed choices. While this data can provide a wealth of knowledge, it comes with certain limitations.
The data is limited to Medicare beneficiaries, meaning that physicians that do not accept Medicare (<10% of all physicians) will be excluded. It may also be skewed towards conditions more common among Medicare beneficiaries than the general population. Recommendations provided by CareDash indicate that the doctor has experience treating that condition directly, or experience treating patients for various conditions.
A lack of detection does not necessarily mean a lack of expertise, just that it was not visible within this dataset. Always check with your doctor before making any decisions.