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Physician ratings are now online

Guide to Patient Experience Surveys and Star Ratings

At Gundersen Health System, we value the partnership we have with you, our patients and your loved ones. We are committed to providing you the information you need at your fingertips to make informed decisions about your healthcare, and about the physicians and other providers who walk the care journey with you. As part of that commitment, we now post our clinicians' patient experience ratings online.

To assist you, we've developed this guide to help patients, family members and those considering appointments with Gundersen Health System understand how we capture and report our patient experience ratings.

About Our Survey

Gundersen Health System is focused on providing an exceptional experience in every care interaction. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by a leading company in the patient experience industry. We measure all aspects of patient experience. To ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards, we partner with an independent patient experience company. National Research Corporation provides the technology to display ratings and comments on our physician profile pages. 

Who receives the survey?

The survey is mailed to randomly selected Gundersen Health System patients within a few days following their appointments. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide comments regarding specific aspects of care. We use this feedback to improve and enhance the care we offer.

Do you post all comments?

Gundersen Health System is committed to transparency. That means posting all relevant feedback – whether it's positive or negative. However, we do not post comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients. All clinician ratings are published regardless of whether a comment is posted.

What questions do we ask?

Gundersen Health System utilizes the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Clinician and Group Practice survey, which was developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for use in hospitals and medical practices across the country. The surveys ask patients to evaluate how well their physician communicated, listened, and showed courtesy and respect toward them. Results are used to evaluate patients' overall perception of care and to identify areas for improvement.

We calculate our star ratings based on responses to the below questions from the CG-CAHPS survey.

Physician Communication Questions

  • Did this provider explain things in a way that was easy to understand?
  • Did this provider listen carefully to you?
  • Did this provider give you easy to understand instructions about taking care of these health problems or concerns?
  • Did this provider seem to know the important information about your medical history?
  • Did this provider show respect for what you had to say?
  • Did this provider spend enough time with you?

Overall Rating Question

Using any number from 0 to 10, where 0 is the worst provider possible and 10 is the best provider possible, what number would you use to rate this provider?

Why don't we see patient ratings and comments for every clinician?

Industry best practice is clear that more data provides a more accurate picture of the patient experience. That's why Gundersen Health System requires a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys in a 12 month period for each clinician before posting a clinician's rating. Some of our clinician's roles also fall outside of the scope of our patient experience rating survey, so we have no data for them.

Can anyone complete a survey or post a comment about a clinician?

No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by a Gundersen Health System clinician may be selected to receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the clinician.

How is patient information protected?

Patient names are not displayed through the online ratings and commentary reviews. All personally identifiable information is removed prior to display.

Who can I contact with questions or concerns?

If you have questions or concerns about the patient experience star ratings and comments you can contact our patient representatives at (608) 775-7676.

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