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

eir care and how they spend their health care dollars," said Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families and co-chair of the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project. "We are particularly appreciative of the Attorney General's willingness to work closely with this broad coalition in crafting a solution that is in the best interests of consumers."

"Today's agreement is a great model for how health plans should conduct physician measurement and reporting programs," said Peter V. Lee, CEO of the Pacific Business Group on Health and co-chair of the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project. "Employers across the country can look to this agreement as a framework for how to assure that their health plans are meeting the needs of their employees. In particular, I applaud the agreement's reliance on widely accepted national measurement standards."

Karen Nelson MD, a primary care physician and CEO/Medical Director, UNITE-HERE Health Center, said "This agreement will allow us to measure both quality and cost. Failure to deal with cost issues directly would have dealt a heavy blow to hopes for achieving universal health coverage in New York and the rest of America. We simply must rein in costs if we ever hope to cover more people. But the fact is, there are wide variations in spending in the health care system -- and yet no connection between more spending and higher quality." UNITE-HERE union represents more than 450,000 active workers, primarily in the apparel, textile, industrial laundry, hotel, casino and food service industries, as well as 400,000 retirees throughout North America.

In addition, most physicians do not have access to the information necessary to support efforts to improve their practices. And, historically physicians have not been rewarded for providing higher quality care. Today's agreement clears the way for performance measurement and reporting that will begin to address these problems. The agreement addresses cri
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