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

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  • The College supports the use of standardized performance measures and data collection methodology, consensually agreed upon by relevant nationally recognized healthcare stakeholders, in efforts to publicly report the performance of physician and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the College supports the collection of both public and private data by trusted third party entities so that physician and other clinician's performance can be assessed as comprehensively as possible.
  • The College, while recognizing and supporting the increased patient/consumer interest in obtaining and providing physician performance information, does not support the use of web-based physician rating sites that rely on subjective and invalidated data, and do not meet the College's standards for physician performance measurement.
  • The College supports increased efforts to determine and employ the most effective means of presenting performance information to patients/consumers, and to educate these information users on the meaning of performance differences among physicians, hospitals and other providers and on how to effectively use this information to make informed healthcare choices.

    "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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  • Contact: David Kinsman
    dkinsman@acponline.org
    202-261-4554
    American College of Physicians
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