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

tical aspects of measurement programs because it will:

-- 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

methodology.

-- 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 hospitals, phys
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