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Patient guide to patient satisfaction surveys & ratings

New England Cancer Specialists (NECS) values the partnerships we have with our patients and their loved ones. We are committed to providing you the information you need at your fingertips to make informed decisions about your health care, and about the physicians and other providers who walk the care journey with you. As part of that commitment, we now post our physicians’ patient satisfaction ratings online.

We've developed this guide to help patients, family members and those considering appointments with NECS physicians understand how we capture and report our patient experience ratings.

About our survey

NECS is focused on providing an exceptional experience in every care interaction, and we measure all aspects of patient satisfaction. To ensure that we are holding ourselves to the highest standards, all ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by a leading, independent company in the patient satisfaction industry. 

Who receives the survey?

The survey is mailed to randomly selected NECS 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?

NECS 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. Every provider rating is published regardless of comment status.

What questions do we ask?

NECS 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 survey asks 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 questions below from the CG-CAHPS survey. 

Physician communication questions

Overall rating question

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

Industry best practice is clear that more data provides a more accurate picture. That’s why we require a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys per doctor before we post a physician’s rating. Over time, with more surveys received on an ongoing basis, the number of rated physicians will increase.

A physician’s rating will only be posted on the site when he/she has a minimum of 30 completed surveys.

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

No. Only patients having an outpatient visit with a New England Cancer Specialists physician may be selected to receive a survey. The results are based entirely on patients who have actually been treated by the physician.

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.