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

ould be readily available, presented in a manner that is easily understood and reflective of its limitations.
  • Any formal governmental or private sector requirements for price transparency minimize the administrative burden on the participating physicians or other healthcare professionals.
  • Price should never be used as the sole criterion for choosing a physician or any other healthcare professional. Price should only be considered along with the explicit consideration of the quality of services delivered and/or the effectiveness of the intervention.

    In increasing the use of clinical performance transparency, the College advocates that the following recommendations:

    • ACP supports the goal of performance transparency for services and products provided by all healthcare stakeholders to patients/consumers.
    • The College also reaffirms and expands upon the qualities of a good performance measure as reported in the ACP policy paper, "Linking Physician Payment to Quality Care."
    • The College highlights the importance of "process transparency" in the public reporting of healthcare performance informationthe explicit delineation of the methodology and evidence base used to develop the measures being reported.
    • The College reaffirms the importance of physicians and other healthcare professionals having timely access to assessed performance information prior to public reporting and the availability of a fair and accurate appeals process to examine potential inaccuracies as reflected in the ACP policy paper "Developing a Fair Process through which Physicians Participating in Performance Measurement Programs can Request a Reconsideration of Their Rating."
    • The College reaffirms the "ACP Policy Statement Pertaining to Health Plan Programs to Rate Physicians" and recommends that the expansion of public reporting of physician performance differences takes into account the technical capability to report reliable, valid and useful differen
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    Contact: David Kinsman
    dkinsman@acponline.org
    202-261-4554
    American College of Physicians
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