Groups come together on MD performance reporting

Measuring performance is one of the toughest nuts the healthcare industry has to crack. But this time, some important stakeholders have at least come together to handle the problem as a team. Groups backing the new Patient Charter for Physician Performance Measurement, Reporting and Tiering Programs include the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, the AARP, American College of Physicians, America's Health Insurance Plans, the Leapfrog Group, AFL-CIO, National Business Coalition on Health and health insurers Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealth Group and WellPoint.

The Charter creates a set of shared principles that will structure measuring and reporting on doctor performance. It urges health plans to develop consistent performance measurements on cost and quality, adopt National Quality Forum standards; use transparent methods for creating programs and give physicians a chance to participate and, if they desire, appeal their scores.

To learn more about the project:
- read this Modern Healthcare piece (reg. req.)
- visit the group's website

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