-- Ensure that measurement is a transparent process so that both
consumers and physicians can understand the basis upon which
performance is being measured and reported.
-- Ensure that measurement is based on sound national standards and
-- Enable consumers to make more informed decisions based on both
quality and cost, this includes providing adequate guidance about
how to use the information and any limitations in the data.
-- Provide physicians with information that helps them improve the
quality of care they provide.
-- Ensure that physicians have adequate notice and opportunity to
correct any errors. No surprises. No black boxes.
-- Ensure that both consumers and physicians have input into the
measurement process and how results are reported. This will help
ensure that information is meaningful to consumers.
"Consumers support clear standards that foster transparency and accountability in a health plan's physician performance reporting programs. Our support for standards grows out of the knowledge that the quality of health care varies dramatically. We believe that consumers should have meaningful and valid information to assess and make informed decisions about their physicians and the care they receive," said Chuck Bell, Programs Director for Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, based in Yonkers, New York.
The Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project is an initiative that is
improving health care quality and affordability by advancing public
reporting of provider performance information so it can be used for
improvement, consumer choice, and as part of payment reform. The Project is
a collaboration of leading national and local employer, consumer, and labor
organizations whose shared vision is for Americans to be able to select
|SOURCE Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project|
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