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Benefits of increased health care transparency hinge on reliable and valid information, says ACP
Date:9/20/2010

(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:

  • reliable and valid;
  • transparent in its development;
  • open to prior review and appeal by the physicians and other health care professionals referenced;
  • minimally burdensome to the reporting physician or other health care professional; and,
  • comprehensible and useful to its intended audience, including a clear statement of its limitations.

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:

  • ACP supports the goal of price transparency for services and products provided by all health care stakeholders to patients/consumers.
  • Any methodology used to publicly report price is also transparent, and contains adequate protections to ensure the reporting of reliable and valid price information.
  • Price information provided to patients/consumers sh
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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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