Mar 5, 2012
Published in: Health Affairs, v. 31, no. 3, Mar. 2012, p. 612-618View related products
This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.
Public reports of provider performance on measures of the quality, costs, and outcomes of health care can spur improvement and help patients find the best providers. However, the likelihood that these benefits will materialize depends on the methods underlying each performance report. This paper presents a five-point methodological checklist to guide those who want to improve their performance reporting methods. The central goal is to help report makers minimize the frequency and severity of provider performance misclassification and avoid adverse unintended consequences of reporting. We believe that if those who produce the reports publicly explain how they address each checklist item, this increased transparency will encourage more rigorous methods and improve the chances that reports will lead to better, more efficient care.