Public Reporting and Transparency

February 15, 2007

In a new report from the Commonwealth Group, the lack of transparency in health care is  addressed in detail. They note that public reporting of outcomes will:

  • inject competition in health care
  • help providers benchmark against each other
  • encourage insurors to reward quality and efficiency
  • help consumers make informed choices.

They also note that public reporting adds value but must be designed carefully.
I might add that consumers need education on how to interpret health outcomes since there are currently many ways to report outcomes.

Overall, I recommend reading at least the executive summary.

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