States don't make the grade in providing physician info to consumers

States aren't doing an adequate job of providing consumers with accessible information regarding physician quality, according to a report card from the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute. Most states received a D or an F on the report card because they only compile information about primary care doctors, not specialists. Washington and Minnesota were the only two states that got an A on the report card, while California received a C. Every other state received either a D or an F, based on the percentage of doctors rated and whether those ratings included information about patient outcomes and consumer experience. "I was shocked because I honestly thought the availability of information on the quality of physicians was far more prevalent…It's a very mixed bag," said Francois de Brantes, co-author of the report. Report

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