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Foundation Releases Comprehensive Regional Health Care Report Card
Date:10/28/2008

Health Accountability Foundation's Online Report Card Provides Information on NY, NJ, RI, CT, VT HMO Quality, Cost; Hospital Quality, Mortality, Payments

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health care consumers and employers in the Northeastern U.S. have a unique tool for evaluating the region's hospitals and managed care plans: the New York State Health Accountability Foundation's Regional Health Care Report Card. The report card provides data on the cost and quality of care received by members of commercial managed care plans in NY, NJ, RI, CT and VT, as well as the quality of care, mortality rates, length of stay and cost of care provided to hospital patients in these states.

Available at http://www.AboutHealthQuality.org, the report card is interactive and searchable by county, enabling consumers and businesses to create customized reports on their local hospitals and health plans.

"Since we began this activity in 1999, we have continually upgraded the information we provide in order to increase the report card's value to consumers and employers across the New York metropolitan area," says Theodore O. Will, Chief Executive Officer, IPRO. "Our goal is to make the best use we can of numerous data sets in a way that make sense for everyday user audiences, as well as health care experts."

IPRO and the New York Business Group on Health are founding partners of the New York State Health Accountability Foundation. The Foundation is a private-public partnership dedicated to promoting transparency in the health care system and is directed by an Advisory Council of major New York-area employers.

Managed care measures are grouped within the categories of Appropriate Care, Customer Satisfaction, Diabetes, Medical Care, Mental Health, Ongoing Care, Provider Network, Staying Healthy, Youth Care and Youth Wellness. Individual and family premiums for stand
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