Do public reports of provider performance make their data and methods available and accessible?

Cheryl L. Damberg, David Hyman, Julie France

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Public reports of provider performance are widespread and the methods used to generate the provider ratings differ across the sponsoring entities. We examined 115 hospital and 27 physician public reports to determine whether report sponsors made the methods used to score providers available and accessible. While nearly all websites made transparent some of the methods used to assess provider performance, we found substantial variation in the extent to which they fully adhered to recommended methods elements identified in the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project's Patient Charter for performance reporting. Most public reports provided descriptions of the data sources, whether measures were endorsed, and the attribution approach. Least often made transparent were methods descriptions related to advanced provider review and reconsideration of results, reliability assessment, and case-mix adjustment. Future research should do more to identify the core elements that would lead consumer end users to have confidence in public reports.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81S-96S
JournalMedical Care Research and Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • provider profiling
  • provider report cards
  • public reporting
  • public reports
  • transparency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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