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New Analysis Underscores Legality of Physician Ranking and Public Reporting Systems When Used by Health Insurers to Improve Health Care Quality
Date:10/9/2007

tting tiers and assigning individual physicians to tiers, and a clear and accessible process for identifying and correcting errors that arise as tiering positions should ensure the legal soundness of these systems.

The analysis suggests that standards could be developed by state insurance regulators in the case of insured plans, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the case of Medicare and Medicaid plans, and by the United States Department of Labor in the case of ERISA-governed plans. A full copy of the study can be found at http://www.rwjf.org/programareas/resources/product.jsp?id=22571&pid=1142

The Health Law Information Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a special initiative whose mission is to examine and report on the interaction between the law and health information in a changing health care system. With a home in the Department of Health Policy at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, the Project, working under the guidance of a standing committee, will produce both brief and extended analyses of emerging issues in health information law; present balanced options and legal tools for addressing perceived legal barriers to the responsible use of health information to improve quality and reduce health care disparities; and respond to requests for technical support on critical questions in health information law.

The George Washington University Medical Center is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary academic health center that has consistently provided high-quality medical care in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area for 176 years. The Medical Center comprises the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the 11th oldest medical school in the country; the School of Public Health and Health Services, the only such school in the nation's capital; GW Hospital,
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