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Physicians' views on hospital quality reporting and consumer use of quality data: Findings from a national survey of physicians

Shulamit L. Bernard, PhD1, David Miranda, PhD2, Judith K. Barr, ScD3, Shoshanna Sofaer, Dr PH4, William G. Lehrman, PhD5, Kevin W. Smith, MA, and Sean O. Hogan, PhD7. (1) Program on Health Care Quality and Outcomes, RTI International, P. O. Box 12194, Research Traingle Park, NC 27709, 919.485.2790, sbarnard@rti.org, (2) Center for Beneficiary Choices/Beneficiary Education & Analysis Group, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S1-13-05, Baltimore, MD 21244, (3) Qualidigm, 100 Roscommon Drive, Suite 200, Middletown, CT 06457-1591, (4) Baruch College, One Bernard Baruch Way, D615, New York, NY 10010, (5) Division of Beneficiary Analysis, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Blvd., Mail Stop S1-13-05, Baltimore, MD 21244-1850, (6) Survey & Computing Sciences Division, RTI International, 230 West Monroe Street, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60606-4901

CMS's Hospital Quality Initiative includes voluntary public reporting of clinical quality measures on Hospital Compare, and in 2006, CMS will begin collecting patient survey data about hospital care. In winter and spring 2006, we surveyed a national sample of physicians about their attitudes toward the public reporting of hospital quality data and consumer use of that data. Prior qualitative work with physicians revealed attitudes about using quality data with their patients and toward public reporting. This survey gauged the extent to which these and other attitudes are pervasive, the extent to which there are differences in attitudes across geographic regions or among medical specialties, and other factors that may help inform a campaign to promote public and professional use of the data and the Hospital Compare website.

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Keywords: Medicare, Quality Improvement

Related Web page: www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

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The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA