Public Reporting on the Quality and Cost of Health Care

Public Reporting on the Quality and Cost of Health Care

As interest in collecting and publicly reporting information about the cost and quality of health care grows, healthcare advocates argue that such reporting would introduce more competition into the healthcare system and encourage private insurers and public programs to reward quality and efficiency, while helping patients make more informed choices. A new report from the Commonwealth Fund, Public Reporting and Transparency (22 pages, PDF), provides an overview of the target audiences for better healthcare reporting, the history and results of such efforts to date, and what legislation is likely to be considered in the new Congress.