This State Report Card on Transparency of Physician Quality Information, now in its fourth year of publication, assesses the breadth and substance of clinician quality information available in each state. Patients, advocates, payers, and clinicians who value quality transparency can use this report not only to understand where there are transparency deficits across the country, but also to identify the high performing states whose transparency models can be emulated or adapted.
We’re keen to offer this report and those examples of well-executed transparency, for most states need improvement.This year, only California, Maine, and Minnesota earned As, and more than half of states scored Fs.
The low scores are particularly disappointing this year because in many ways the health care sector is in a quality-data boom time. As major payers—Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurance plans—migrate toward paying physicians for performance instead of volume of care, they’re requiring providers to collect and report more and more quality information. Consumers deserve access to quality insights, too. HCI3 will continue to advocate—and offer real-world tools—for opening up clear, accessible quality information to the people most affected by it: patients themselves. It is in that spirit that we offer this year’s State Report Card on Transparency of Physician Quality.