Importance of Transparency in Health Care

"Numerous state initiatives are underway across the U. S. aimed at improving health care quality, patient safety, and the overall value of health care. Efforts focus on measuring and reporting to the general public quality and efficiency results of both hospital and physician performance. This type of public information is important for patients and their families, employers and other buyers. Also, since tax payers pay a hefty share of costs through Medicare and Medicaid, hospitals and other providers should be held publicly accountable for the care they deliver. Requiring publication of quality and efficiency measures provides additional incentive for hospitals and other providers to implement practices that can reduce errors and otherwise improve quality and drive-out costs."

The full article including information set forth by The Iowa Legislative Commission on Affordable Health Care Plans for Small Businesses and Families is available for download.


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