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Consumers, Health Care Purchasers Applaud Agreement On Physician Performance Reporting
Date:10/29/2007

NEW YORK, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project --- a group of leading consumer, labor and employer organizations working to ensure that all Americans have access to publicly reported health care performance information --- applauds today's agreement between the Attorney General of New York and Cigna Healthcare to foster better reporting of physician performance. This important agreement will allow physician performance measurement and reporting to proceed in New York with full transparency and to be guided by nationally recognized standards.

The current health care system often leaves consumers in the dark. There is wide variation in performance among physicians yet there is a dearth of information available to help consumers navigate to those who provide the best quality care. Consumers simply cannot make informed choices in an environment where transparency is not the rule.

"Improved transparency about performance will improve both quality and affordability. Consumers will be able to drive improvement by using valid performance information to choose providers and treatments. Meanwhile, purchasers will be able to build performance expectations into their contracts and benefit designs. This will also give providers information they can use to constantly improve the quality of care they deliver," said Arthur A. Levin, M.P.H., director of the Center for Medical Consumers.

Programs that measure and report on the quality of physician practices are critical tools needed to help improve the health outcomes of patients, create a more efficient health system, and ultimately expand access to health care.

"Consumers today have very little information to help them choose doctors or understand the quality of care they receive. This agreement is an important step toward making sure that New Yorkers have meaningful information about quality and cost to help them make sound decisions about where they get th
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