(Washington) In a policy paper released today the American College of Physicians reaffirmed its support for increased health care transparency. Healthcare TransparencyFocus on Price and Clinical Performance Information, the first paper in a series of policy papers about transparency, is an introduction and overview of the issues and challenges faced with increased health care transparency.
"We believe that increasing transparency in the health care system can be beneficial to both patients and physicians," said J. Fred Raslton, Jr., MD, FACP, president of ACP. "However, unless the transparency information that is collected meets certain criteria it will not accomplish the goal of improving health care."
The college believes that for the potential benefits of health care transparency to be realized the reported information must be:
The policy paper lays out 13 new recommendations for how these goals for health care transparency can be met. The recommendations are broken into two different areas of transparency information: price transparency and clinical performance transparency.
In increasing the use of price transparency, the College believes that the following recommendations are essential:
In increasing the use of clinical performance transparency, the College advocates that the following recommendations:
"Until they have access to accurate and useful information about what they are purchasing, both regarding price and clinical performance, concluded Dr. Ralston, "patients will not have the ability to make truly informed decisions regarding their health care."
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