Mar 5, 2012
This paper presents a five-point checklist to guide those who want to improve their performance reporting methods. The goal is to minimize the frequency and severity of misclassifying providers and avoid adverse unintended consequences of reporting.
Published in: Health Affairs, v. 31, no. 3, Mar. 2012, p. 612-618
Posted on RAND.org on March 01, 2012
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.